On occasion the case for a proposal is strengthened by the nature of the arguments used against it. This is notably the case with the Government’s proposals to allow people of the same sex to marry. I was recently reading the Church of England’s response to the Government consultation on the subject. Today, I received a pamphlet from a body called ‘Keep Marriage Special’ which managed to be even worse.
The opposition advanced by the Church is remarkable for being ahistorical and apparently devoid of any awareness of what is happening in the rest of the world. It is not clear why all the dreadful consequences predicted if gay marriage is permitted in the UK have not befallen those states which already allow it – including European nations which, like the UK, are signatories to the European Convention to Human Rights. The ‘Keep Marriage Special’ pamphlet has shades of Rick Santorum in saying that if same-sex couples can marry, there is no reason not to open up marriage to more than same-sex couples. ‘Polygamy, polyandry and incest would all be permissble’. No they wouldn’t. This just demonstrates the sheer vacuity of the arguments being deployed.
I could go on – and probably will….