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'Scotland for Marriage' Rally at Holyrood

Cardinal Keith O’Brien, former SNP leader Gordon Wilson, and Ann Allen of the Church of Scotland will be the keynote speakers at a pro-marriage rally outside the Scottish Parliament to launch a new pro-marriage coalition.



Scotland for marriageAn  event in Edinburgh on Wedneday 30 Nov. will mark the launch of a new campaign group, Scotland for Marriage, which exists to support the current legal definition of marriage and resist all plans to redefine it. The initiative is supported by church groups, but is non-religious and open to all who support its aims and objectives.

A gathering of marriage supporters is scheduled to meet from 10.30am with speeches from the three keynote speakers beginning at 11.00am and ending at 11.30am.

The three keynote speakers will sign a petition, calling for a referendum on the issue and expressing concerns about the wider implications of redefining marriage.

Half-page notices have been published in three national newspapers today (Wed 30) in the Daily Record, The Herald and The Scotsman. The ads announce the launch of Scotland for Marriage and encourage the public to sign the Marriage Petition.


The Roman Catholic Church plans to deliver around 20,000 postcards in 20 sacks of 1,000 to the Scottish Parliament. The postcards have been signed by people in Scotland who don’t want marriage to be redefined. Speaking for the Catholic Church in Scotland, Cardinal Keith O’Brien said:

“As an institution, marriage long predates the existence of any state or government. It was not created by government and should not be changed by them. Instead, recognising the innumerable benefits which marriage brings to society they should act to protect and uphold it not attack or dismantle it.
At the heart of this debate however there is one perspective which seems to be completely lost or ignored, it is the point of view of the child. All children deserve to begin life with a mother and father, the evidence in favour of the stability and well being which this provides is overwhelming and unequivocal.”


A poster van advertising the launch of Scotland for Marriage and the website, will drive on the streets surrounding the Scottish Parliament until midday. It will then drive around a route of central Edinburgh, past St Andrews House, for the rest of the day.

Former SNP leader Gordon Wilson states:

“If the Scottish Government wants the Scottish people to vote for independence in a referendum, why is it going out of its way to alienate so many Scots in the Christian and Muslim communities? As a veteran, it is obvious to me the Government is in a political hole. My advice is simple. Forget about the ‘done deal’ with the Tory/Liberal coalition in London. They are not on your side. Scotland is not London. As you will find, Scotland is for marriage!”


The new Scotland for Marrriage web site states that the co-operation between the various groups is over one clear issue – opposition to redefining marriage. "It is not a venture in religious unity, indeed Scotland for Marriage is backed by both religious and non-religious groups. It is an expression of the breadth of concern within Scottish society."

Ann Allen, who is a former Convener of the Church of Scotland's Board of Social Responsibility, said:

“I’m confused as to why with so many pressing issues confronting us today in Scotland, our government has chosen to prioritise time, effort, and money on this particular issue. Canada legalised same sex marriage in 2005 and today faces challenges to have polygamy legalised. Is this what we want for a modern Scotland: a continual changing of moral and legal goalposts?

"As a former teacher I am concerned that children are going to be taught that same sex partnerships and traditional marriage are the same, which they are not. If the redefining of marriage goes ahead it will have far reaching consequences and as far as I can see none of them are positive.”


The Christian Institute is also supporting the event and has published an information flier which endorses the rally. Other groups supporting the broad-based campaign are CARE for Scotland, the Evangelical Alliance, the Family Education Trust and Destiny Churches Scotland. There is nothing to indicate that Mrs. Ann Allen is speaking for the Church of Scotland which has thus far remained silent on the issue.


Footnote: In the providence of God a major 'St. Andrew's Day' prayer meeting was organised some weeks ago. It is scheduled to take place in the Canongate Kirk, 154 Canongate, the Royal Mile, Edinburgh.

"Turn to Me with all your heart, with rend your heart...return to the
LORD your God...blow the trumpet in Zion, consecrate a fast...assemble the elders"

"This gathering builds on the “Big IF” leaders’ gatherings in late 2009, which were called jointly by
the Evangelical Alliance, Alpha, CARE and Pray for Scotland. These gatherings led to the “Big IF”
continuous year of prayer in 2010, where many individuals and churches rose to the challenge of
prayer based on 2 Chronicles 7:14.
However, we believe that this was a start, and not the end.
We believe that it is time for us, as leaders in this nation, to humble ourselves, pray, seek God’s face
and turn to Him with all our hearts. As such we are calling this wider leaders’ gathering to pray,
fast and seek the Lord together at this challenging and important time in the life of our church and
nation, in accordance with Joel 2"

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Christians Together, 29/11/2011

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HowThingsWork. (Guest) 16/09/2012 12:29
There is no word of God. Just a bronze age book of myth. The Stats that refer to children being better with a mother and father come from comparisons with single parents.No one is asking to marry more than one person. This is all scaremongering and lies. A desperate last gasp of hate.

What about the children? What about the gay children do they not matter! If heterosexuals where all perfect. there would be no children to adopt.

This is a Civil and secular issue nothing to do with the church. If you need reminding about how marriage has been redefined, look to Henry VIII. This PROTEST church was formed so he could divorce.

There will be marriage equality for all couples who love each other. The money spent on this campaign could be put to much better use, Like helping others.

I cannot get over how you people can get so scared and angry with something that will not effect them. Projecting outcomes that never materials.

Why don't you look to the stars and wonder and be amazed at how small and unimportant we are. What a better world that would be.
John Graham (Guest) 16/09/2012 14:08
"There is no word of God. Just a bronze age book of myth."

Consider the fact that the Bible is comprised of 66 Books written over a period of about 1,500 years by over 40 authors from all walks of life, with different kinds of personalities, and in all sorts of situations.

It was written in three languages on three continents, and it covers hundreds of controversial subjects. Yet, it fits together into one cohesive story with an appropriate beginning, a logical ending, a central character, and a consistent theme.

How does anyone begin to explain such historical, structural, prophetic, doctrinal, and spiritual complete harmony apart from the fact that its real author was Divine?!

"No one is asking to marry more than one person."

That will be the next step. The object of all of this is to destroy monogamous, hetersexual marriage.

"What about the gay children do they not matter?"

Everybody matters to God.

"If heterosexuals where all perfect. there would be no children to adopt."

There are many valid reasons why there are children who need adoptive parents that have nothing to do with parental 'failure'.

"Why don't you look to the stars and wonder and be amazed at how small and unimportant we are."

Christians do; and that is part of the wonder of God and why believers follow His righteous standards for living.
In spite of the 'small and unimportant' nature of our being that you describe, God, the maker of all heaven and earth cares for us. You dear friend included.

Psalm 8:3-9
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?
You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honour.

You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.
O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Howthingwork (Guest) 16/09/2012 15:15
just because you and many. say God inspired a book. Does not prove it.

You are so wrong about marriage leading to polygamy. no one is asking for that. You types project these things. As you have no evidence in the everyday. So you use fear.lies and hate to get your way. Because you are such a sad person, with a limited narrow mind. That is where the perversion are. I hope you are old otherwise you are going to spend a long time being bitter when good prevails. i feel sorry for you.
Howthingwork (Guest) 16/09/2012 15:20
'That will be the next step. The object of all of this is to destroy monogamous, hetersexual marriage.'

the most Idiotic, lie. you are so insecure, How will this have any impact on your own Marriage?

WoW..the ignorance
Howthingwork (Guest) 16/09/2012 15:22
You are not a friend. As you are trying to cause harm to my life. that is the only truth you speak.
John Graham (Guest) 16/09/2012 16:35
If you think that same-sex marriage is the end of the story have a look at -
Howthingwork (Guest) 16/09/2012 17:43
If you think some right wing fudamenatlist video with 96 views.
proves your point then i feel pity for you. No where in the world has marriage equality led to polygamy. No one wants it. Maybe the mormons another made up religion much younger than your own. Any one can say what they want and post a vid . does not make it true. You have lost this debate . better get used to it. This hate group with 30'000 votes out of 5 million scots is going no where. If you think your going to bring extreme, religious views from the states and be taken seriously then your in for a long disappointment.
John Graham (Guest) 17/09/2012 10:55
"your in for a long disappointment."

The one thing I won't be disappointed in is meeting face to face with Jesus Christ. And that is a prospect for all of us - even you my friend. Will he know you as a friend or as an enemy? John 20:31
Penny Lee 17/09/2012 12:54
My goodness - the only hatred I see here is coming from you Howthingwork. Just because someone has a different opinion to you does not make them hateful. There are a lot of people, including those with no religious interest, who don't want to see marriage changed. They are not generally hateful either but this constant accusation that their opinion is hate-driven is doing you no favours at all. All it does is further display your own hateful attitude to anyone who doesn't share your opinion.
Concerned parent (Guest) 17/09/2012 15:26
There are already calls for polygamy to be recognised in a number of countries and we are even seeing calls for incest to be recognised in some circumstances.
People are right to be concerned about the planned redefining of the meaning of marriage.
Our children are our responibility and we must guide them in Gods ways.
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