Wherefore a concept takes leave of itself

By April 13, 2017February 18th, 2021No Comments


Dear Marriage supporter

The well-known author and academic Jeanette Winterson has called for fixed-term ‘marriages’.

Professor Winterson entered a same-sex ‘marriage’ in 2015 with Susie Orbach, despite being initially “unsure about gay marriage [sic]” because of its association with “heterosexual, patriarchal norms” (The Guardian, 8 April 2017).

Jeanette Winterson is now seeking to further redefine marriage by throwing overboard the idea of lifelong commitment, asking: “why not discuss fixed-term contracts? … A fixed term might allow both parents to feel less pressure and more responsibility”.

The concept of a ‘fixed-term marriage’ must be firmly resisted. Marriage requires total commitment, not temporary assent.

C4M always warned that, once marriage was redefined for same-sex couples, there would be further redefinitions down the line. We need to continue speaking out for the true definition of marriage – the voluntary union for life of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.

Lloyds Bank

Thank you to everyone who has been contacting Lloyds Bank. The bank’s flagrant propaganda in favour of same-sex ‘marriage’ urgently needs to be challenged.

Lloyds Bank is now issuing a standard response to C4M supporters, which says it is “committed to inclusion and diversity” and that the advertising “mirrors our diverse customer base and is a reflection of the society we are all part of”.

You may want to respond by asking whether Lloyds is planning to hold a similar promotional campaign for traditional marriage (on TV/billboards, in branches etc). People who believe in marriage make up a very significant proportion of its “diverse customer base”.


If you have not yet emailed Lloyds, please do so making one or two of the following points in your own words:

Ask why a bank is engaging in a controversial political campaign like this. It’s using customers’ money to promote causes they oppose.

Say that Lloyds was rescued with public money and should not denigrate the beliefs of many taxpayers.

Say that marriage has always been the union of one man and one woman and that Lloyds is showing deep disrespect for your views.

Say that same-sex ‘marriage’ is not popular – only a few thousand same-sex ‘marriages’ have taken place.

Let’s continue standing together for the true definition of marriage.

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Yours sincerely

Colin Hart
Campaign Director
Coalition for Marriage