Following the request of Archbishop Vincent Nichols that we should make our objections to these proposals known to our MP, I have sent the email below to Angie Bray MP for Acton/Ealing. I was spurred into action last night when a friend forwarded to me her own email on this matter. So I thought that maybe some of you would also be inspired to do likewise.
Those of you who would like some further reading on why this issue is so enormously critical and how the equality argument is a fallacious red herring may want to read this Catholoc Voices Briefing paper:
I emailed our MP at this address:
Her website is here:
For those of you elsewhere you can find your MP's contact details here:
I encourage any of you who haven't done so yet to make your feelings known to your MP.
I don't think it needs to be a long letter, in fact shorter letters are probably much better. No doubt our MP's hardly have time to be reading through multiple explanations of the ins and outs of this issue.
If you don't have the time yourself, a simple letter asking them to defend the current definition of marriage would suffice.
I am posting my letter here, not because I think it's in any way a model letter. There are so many things to say about this issue and I decided to just stick to a couple of points. But I'm hoping that it might galvanise some readers to do likewise.
Lets send a message to our parliamentary representatives that we are taking note of where they stand on this issue.
Dear Ms Bray
I am an Acton mother of six children whose ages range from three to twenty two years old.
I am a life long Labour voter who voted Conservative at the last election on account of Labour policies which I felt were harming the family and as a natural consequence of that, harming children and young people, upon whom the future of our society depends.
I am now realising that the party I thought would work to restore the respect and support which is owed to the most fundamental and critical cell of society is, in actual fact, now deepening the harm that has been done to it.
The fact that this is being imposed upon us with no mandate whatsoever, without any prior manifesto commitment, and without heeding the numerous petitioners against is beginning to feel as though we have a government which believes itself to be ruling by divine right.
Since when has any government had an interest in formally ratifying romantic love between persons?
Marriage has been properly understood to be uniquely deserving of societal recognition precisely because it is the union of a man and a woman which is apt to result in the next generation.
And we know that growing up within the stable bond of marriage between its mother and father provides the best possible environment for any child.
Redefining marriage weakens societal respect for the family because redefinition hinges solely on romantic love between persons and disregards the prime needs of children to be raised with both their parents.
Marriage is hard, and our divorce rate more than attests to this. I believe that over romanticising marriage and overlooking its conjugal nature is a terrible mistake and a symptom of a rather infantile generation that has failed to grow up.
Past generations understood that marriage was about more than themselves. This generation is in danger of losing sight of this.
The government appears to be compounding the error.
I hope, for the sake of future generations, you will defend marriage and resist attempts to redefine it.