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Friday 18 May 2012
Matthew Offord MP rejects same sex marriage
Thanks to Twitter, my attention was drawn to a letter from my MP, Matthew Offord to a local constituent on his views regarding same sex marriage.You can see the original on Nick Lansleys Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/nicholas.lansley/posts/10150793227836174 - I believe that whatever your views on the subject, as a Hendon constituent, you really should be aware of what Matthew Offord thinks about the subject.
Interestingly, openly gay Finchley and Golders Green MP, Mike Freer does not seem to agree with Matthew. He posted this response on Twitter :- Mike Freer MP
Here is what Matthew Offord MP wrote. At least we can't accuse him of mincing his words.
Thank you for contacting me with your views regarding Same Sex Marriage.
My own position is that I will not be voting for legislation that
extends marriage for same-sex couples. Having waited many years to get
married I acknowledge the value the commitment brings. It is my strong
personal, moral and religious belief that the institution of marriage is
to provide the foundation of a stable relationship in which those two
people of the opposite sex procreate and raise a child. That is
physically not possible for same-sex couples so I don't see the point of
introducing a law to allow this. I strongly believe in same-sex couples
having the right to a civil registration, in order that they receive
the same benefits as opposite-sex couples but not marriage.
many this might seem like a trivial matter, particularly since the
introduction of Civil Partnerships in 2004 means that same sex couple
already enjoy the same rights that married couple do. However the
institution of marriage is woven into the fabric of our nation - it
affects our courts, inheritance rights and even our schools. And it is
the effect on our schools, children and teachers that is worrying so
many. Close to 100,000 people have signed the one man, one woman equals
In regard to education, Section 403 of the
Education Act 1996 places a legal requirement on schools to teach
children about "the importance of marriage". If marriage is redefined,
schools will have no choice but to give children equivalent teaching on
same sex marriage, even those children of a very young age, including
those at primary school. So what will happen to parents who because of
religious, or philosophical beliefs take their children out of lessons?
It is simply inconceivable in today's world where political correctness
runs a mock in our institutions, that there would not be profound
consequences for those who hold traditional views. Parents who object
will be treated as bigots and outcasts, possibly excluded from being on
the PTA, or from being a governor. Discriminated against and persecuted
because they hold views that have been enshrined in our laws and have
been the cornerstone of our society for two thousand years. And what of
the teachers who object to teaching about same sex marriage. Will they
face disciplinary action? How will it affect their careers? Will same
sex marriage be covered under such subjects as citizenship forming part
of the main curriculum taught to our children and tested through
examination? These are just some of the questions that the Government
has so far failed to answer.
I do not believe that same sex marriage would serve to enhance British society or its values.
MATTHEW OFFORD MP Member of Parliament for Hendon House of Commons London SW1A 0AA