Free speech – use it or lose it

By March 16, 2017February 18th, 2021No Comments



Dear Marriage supporter

As someone who believes in traditional marriage, do you ever feel under pressure to keep quiet about it?

We shouldn’t. Throughout history and in virtually all human societies marriage has always been the union of a man and a woman. And we live in a country with a long history of freedom of speech. Yet there’s no doubt that political ‘correctness’ is stifling our freedom.

A recent Channel 4 programme has highlighted the pressure on traditional marriage supporters to keep quiet. Trevor Phillips, the former head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and a supporter of redefining marriage, presented the show ‘Has Political Correctness Gone Mad?’ on 23 February.

Trevor Phillips asks Paul Embery, London regional secretary of the Fire Brigades Union, to give an example of speech which is frowned upon these days. Paul Embery defends traditional marriage supporters using punchy language, but you will understand exactly what he is saying:

“I think, I mean to give you another example, the issue of gay marriage. Some people still hold to those old fashioned views that marriage is for a man and woman and I think there’s a feeling amongst people that if you dare say that, again, you’re going to invite buckets of slime to be poured over your head.”

You may be surprised that one of the UK’s main TV channels aired this footage. But it shows that you should have the freedom to talk about marriage. Your sensible, reasonable belief in traditional marriage is widely held and should be given a hearing.

C4M has always fought to defend your freedom to express your belief that marriage was designed to be the union of one man and one woman. With your help, we will continue to do so in the years ahead.

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Yours sincerely

Colin Hart
Campaign Director
Coalition for Marriage