When I was a child it was usual for children to play “mummies and daddies/weddings”. It would invariably involve a swift “ceremony”, complete with table cloth veil, before the mummy and daddy would quickly produce offspring- played to irritating perfection by some mewling younger sibling. What is obvious is that these children understood full well that the family was centred on marriage and that marriage was invariably linked to family life. This was where THEY belonged!
It is a game my own children play without prompting. But before long this innocent game, which cements and reinforces the nature and purpose of marriage and family life, will be lost. Why? Because a government pathetically insisting (pretending) it is pro marriage is doing all in its power to deconstruct and reinvent marriage without a thought about the effect on children. The need of every child to be raised by their own biological parents (which all surveys prove is the environment in which children thrive best) is to be of secondary importance to the perceived rights of a minority whose sex lives are not ordered in such a way as to allow for this miracle of birth.
If you doubt that this move undermines marriage consider the implications of the proposals passed in the commons tonight. Laws are forming which will prove utterly confusing, and entirely adult centred, to any future five year old. No longer will there be a gold standard, a universally recognised marital union to hold families together. The place where children instinctively feel THEY belong. Instead we will have a smorgasbord of adult relationships – each as devoid of obvious meaning as the next. And none of them uniquely centred around the young. For, of course, all must be not only equal but the same! Such is the nonsense spouted today where feelings now trump logic.
Tom and Adam will be married but clearly unable to produce offspring alone. Dave and Molly will be heterosexuals in a civil partnership who do have children. When a child asks “what is the difference between the civil partnership and marriage and between civil marriage and religious marriage?” How on earth will parents respond? It will all sound so confusing and unclear. What will society be saying about the purpose of sex, the place of children and much more besides? And where we once encouraged morality by teaching children to wait for sex until married- what will we say in future? Please hang off until you opt for civil partnership/marriage/cohabitation or just feel like it? There will be no obvious forum in which sex and the rearing of children truly belongs.
We will have descended into a culture in which all relationships are largely self defined and on the same footing. Brilliant news for those simply wanting to be PC, or to pretend they are same when basic biology clearly shows difference, but devastating for marriage which will be in such a weaker and more obfuscated place than ever before.
Yet Cameron and co. still insist this move is about strengthening marriage…you couldn’t invent it. Double speak is alive and well in 21st Century Britain it seems. This is a day of rejoicing for Satan. For behind it all we find a move to de-Christianise our culture by waging this war on the family. I hope, pray and trust for a robust defence from our bishops in defence of marriage. I am ready to do anything necessary in response. At the very least we will now need to get out of civil marriage altogether. Grim days ahead which lead us into chaos. This is a winter for the young.