COALITION FOR MARRIAGE
SAME-SEX ‘MARRIAGE’ IS A FLOP, NUMBERS CONFIRM
Dear Marriage supporter
Only 4,850 same-sex ‘marriages’ took place in 2014, the first year in which they were allowed.
The 2014 marriage figures have finally been released by the Office for National Statistics. They show that the very small number of same-sex ‘marriages’ contrasts dramatically with 247,000 heterosexual marriages which took place in the same year.
Former Prime Minister David Cameron, speaking of his same-sex ‘marriage’ legislation, has said “…I know it’s going to bring a lot of people a lot of pleasure for years to come” (Guardian, 26 October 2016). But the statistics reveal that not a lot of people are interested.
C4M always said there was no great demand for redefining marriage. Our May 2012 poll found that only a minority (39 per cent) of people identifying as ‘LGB’ thought same-sex ‘marriage’ was a priority. Now the official figures have exposed all the media fanfare and celebration as hollow bluster.
Same-sex ‘marriages’ began on 29 March 2014 in England and Wales. In addition, 2,400 civil partnerships were also converted to ‘marriages’ in 2014 – this first became possible in December 2014. The ‘marriage’ figures for 2015 will give the first picture of a full year of same-sex ‘marriages’. These are due to be released this autumn.
Few same-sex ‘marriages’ have actually taken place. But the shock waves of the momentous decision to redefine marriage continue to reverberate around our culture.
Thanks to the redefinition of marriage all manner of future redefinitions are now being advocated. Supporters of polygamy have redoubled their efforts and now there are reports of the rise of ‘sologamy’ – people seeking to marry themselves.
There’s no doubt sologamy is only promoted by a few individuals. Apparently “the idea is to give yourself a commitment that values self-love and self-compassion”. This may give someone their day in the limelight, but it is a million miles away from the self-giving, outward-looking nature of marriage.
Only true marriage binds people and society together, providing children with a mother and father who are committed to each other for life.
Please stand with us at C4M as we continue to speak out for marriage.
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