DIVORCE BILL FALLS
Dear Marriage supporter
As expected, David Gauke’s highly controversial divorce Bill has fallen with the prorogation of Parliament. There will be a strong ‘lawyers lobby’ for the Bill to be reintroduced. But that could be difficult in the short term given everything else that is going on.
Methodists consult on same-sex ‘marriage’ and cohabitation
The Methodist Church is consulting on plans to conduct same-sex ‘marriage’ services.
The move follows a decision from the Methodist Conference which also endorsed ‘informal cohabitation’, mixed-sex civil partnerships, and services to mark divorce.
In what appears to be a clean sweep for ‘progressive’ values, the Methodist Conference in July voted overwhelmingly, by 247 votes to 48, to endorse the report God in Love Unites Us, which recommended these changes.
The report calls on Methodists to ‘celebrate that the love of God is present’ among all who ‘enter freely into some form of life-enhancing committed relationship with each other.’
The gold standard of marriage as the life-long union of a man and a woman is completely left out. Once more we see how changing the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples leads to downgrading its importance and permanence.
The report and its recommendations is now being submitted to the wider church for consultation before a final decision is taken in 2020.
If, as appears very likely at this point, the Methodist Church takes this step, it will be another blow to marriage in Britain. The witness of the Christian churches to the truth about marriage and its importance for children and society has always been a reminder that marriage is part of the foundation of society, not something we invent or can change.
As churches change their teaching, the pressure increases on Christians – and all of us – to go along with the new ideas or keep quiet.
But nothing can change the truth about marriage. That’s why we stand up for it together.
Coalition for Marriage (C4M)