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Scotland for Marriage say it's not over yet.

In a message to its supporters the Scottish grouping which has come together to oppose the introduction of same-sex marriage outline its intention to fight on. "Stick with us" is the plea.

Letter from Scotland for Marriage
Dear marriage supporter,

Scotland for Marriage1This morning the Scottish Government announced its intention to introduce a gay marriage Bill to the Scottish Parliament. This is in spite of two thirds of the public being opposed to the plan according to the Scottish Government's own consultation.

We are obviously unhappy with this deeply undemocratic decision. It is a disappointment, but the battle is not over yet. There is a long way to go, and the Scottish Government may yet be forced to drop the plans. There's still everything to play for.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has admitted that the plans do risk the free speech and religious liberty of people who believe in traditional marriage. She also admitted that they need the Westminster Government's help to address those problems.

Amazingly, having admitted that the problems remain unresolved, she announced that they are ploughing on regardless. It just shows how little they care about people who support traditional marriage.

The Scottish Government will hold yet another public consultation (this time on a draft Bill) later this year. That will present a further opportunity to underline - once again - that the Scottish people are overwhelmingly opposed to politicians meddling with marriage.

According to the Scottish Government plan, they will only start a gay marriage Bill in the Scottish Parliament if the UK Government agrees in principle to change the UK Equality Act to protect people who support traditional marriage. And they vow not to bring the gay marriage legislation into force until the UK Equality Act has actually been changed.

But that means MSPs will be expected to vote on a Bill about gay marriage without knowing what exactly these protections will be. And who's going to decide whether the protections for free speech and religious liberty are sufficient? It will be the same politicians who are now railroading gay marriage through against the will of the people.

Redefining marriage will affect far more than individual marriage celebrants. Teachers, parents, school children, foster carers, public employees, could all be penalised for their beliefs about marriage.

The campaign carries on. This issue will roll on into 2013 and perhaps beyond. There will be plenty of opportunities to make the case for keeping marriage between one man and one woman.

Stick with us, it's not over yet.

Scotland for Marriage, 25/07/2012

Philip (Guest) 26/07/2012 09:03
It is over! Time to wake up and smell the stench of sulphur, not only here in the UK, but also in Europe and the rest of the world. We are in the end times folks! The spiritual battle is increasing.

2 Tim 3: 2 - 4 "People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—"

Let's do a little math. About 90% of the population of the UK don't go to church, therefore don't know or care about God's standards. Whose standards do they live by then? The world, the flesh and the devil.

Well done for who have, and who will continue to stand up for God's Holy Word. But the truth is, like or not, our nation is under judgement (cf. Rom 1: 18 - 25). Let us now focus on our main task, instead of fighting a battle that has already been lost! What is that?

Matt 28: 18 - 20 Jesus says, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

CARE for Scotland (Guest) 27/07/2012 00:30

Yesterday's decision by the Scottish Government to press ahead with its plans to re-define marriage has been a great disappointment. The decision has been made despite that fact that the consultation responses clearly indicate that a majority of the Scottish people want to retain marriage as it is – a cherished social institution with clearly-defined public benefit. Instead, the Government's proposals relegate the role of marriage to merely a private arrangement between two individuals.

In these circumstances one can understand the feelings of the writer of Psalm 74. His statement ‘A foolish nation has dishonoured your name' (v18, NLV) is so meaningful on this day in Scotland. And yet despite his anger and frustration the psalmist is still able to admit that ‘You, O God, are my king from ages past, bringing salvation to the earth' (v12, NLV). Please continue to pray for our nation and pray that our ‘king from ages past' will be able through our prayers to bring salvation to Scotland.

However there is still a long way to go before the proposals might reach the statute book. There will be yet another consultation later this year on a draft bill – a further opportunity to underline the fact that the Scottish people are opposed to any re-definition of marriage.

For the Scottish Government the dilemma has been to make a decision on marriage re-definition which would not affect their support in the independence referendum. They are running a huge risk, as opinion polls commissioned by Scotland for Marriage suggest that five times as many people would be likely to vote against independence as would vote for it if marriage were to be re-defined by the SNP government.

CARE for Scotland is so grateful to all of our supporters who have actively participated in this campaign against marriage re-definition. If you distributed leaflets, responded to the consultation, wrote to your MSPs or attended meetings – thank you so much. Your support and encouragement are greatly valued.

If there is still to be hope for marriage in Scotland we will be asking you to be further involved – responding to the consultation on the bill, and continuing to write to and visit your MSPs. We'll aim to provide you with all the information and resources you need to do this.
The campaign continues. And it continues not only to defend the value and uniqueness of marriage but also to protect teachers, parents, public employees, foster carers, and others who could be penalised for their beliefs about marriage.

Dave (Guest) 27/07/2012 12:51
However there is still a long way to go before the proposals might reach the statute book. There will be yet another consultation later this year on a draft bill – a further opportunity to underline the fact that the Scottish people are opposed to any re-definition of marriage."

Seems to me that Mr Salmond is not listening. The majority of MSP's are for it, all the main parties are agreed on it. Maybe it really is time to wake up and smell the sulphur!

Editor 19/08/2012 15:14
Headline: Cardinal Keith O'Brien snubs gay marriage talks with Scottish government

The move is in protest at the Scottish government's support for the introduction of same-sex marriages.

The cardinal has turned down an invitation to discuss the issue, leaving any talks to officials.

The Scottish government said First Minister Alex Salmond and the cardinal do continue to communicate.

A spokesman revealed Mr Salmond and the cardinal spoke on Saturday morning and had an "entirely amicable conversation on first-name terms".

However, in a letter to Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, the cardinal asked for any future discussions between the church and government on the issue of same-sex marriage to take place between officials.

BBC report

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