Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill

Date: Wednesday, 20 November 2013
Author: Rev David M Blunt
(The letter copied below was sent to all MSP's by the Rev D M Blunt on behalf of the Church's Public Questions, Religion & Morals Committee.)
 
Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill

Dear Sir or Madam,
 
Prior to the beginning of the first debate in the Scottish Parliament on the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill we wish to reiterate our wholehearted opposition to this proposed legislation and to urge you as a Member of the Scottish Parliament to oppose the Bill by speaking and voting against it as opportunity arises during its progress.
 
We would like to remind you of some of the reasons why this Bill has serious implications for us as a nation:
 
1) The Bill approves a relationship which is condemned by the Word of God. The fact that the sin of Sodom is now not only tolerated but is even being celebrated in our land demonstrates how divine judgment has already fallen on us as a nation because of our apostasy from God. “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” (Romans 1:26,27)
 
2) The Bill introduces a sham version of true marriage. The Bill legalises a form of ‘marriage’ in which there is either no husband or no wife, mocking the wisdom of the Creator who when He introduced marriage joined a man and a woman together. “For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife: And they twain shall be one flesh” (Mark 10:7,8). This being the model for marriage it is impossible to regard same-sex unions as real marriage. Yet the Bill will create a situation in our nation in which marriage as prescribed by God and marriage as reinvented by the government will be indistinguishable in terms of the law of the land.
 
3) The Bill weakens institutions which are vital for our society. The family is the bedrock of society, giving it strength, and marriage is the bedrock of the family, providing it with stability. Same-sex marriage’ will undermine the family by denying any children involved either a father or a mother and the nurture, guidance and example these roles provide for children in their formative years. Our society is suffering enough already from the breakdown of marriages and the breakup of families without this further attack upon these important insitutions.
 
4) The Bill threatens our historic religious and civil liberties. If the Bill is passed then it is likely to lead to a situation where the employment opportunities of those who oppose homosexual marriage out of biblical conviction are restricted: it may well open the door ultimately to the prosecution of those who voice their opposition to same-sex ‘marriage’. It should be remembered that two thirds of the public who responded to the government’s original consultation indicated their opposition to the redefinition of marriage.
 
5) The Bill invites further divine judgment upon us a nationDefying the law of God always has an evil consequence: “for they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind” (Hosea 8:7). Those who abuse their authority and take us further down the road of rebellion against God will have to answer for their actions one day – not to their party or to the people but to the Lord Jesus Christ, who is King of kings and Lord of lords.
 
We are bound to point out that if the Bill is passed then those who gave support to it will be responsible for whatever results from it, including the things we have highlighted above.
 
We therefore plead with you to oppose the introduction of same-sex marriage. We continue to pray that the legislation will not succeed.
 
Yours faithfully,
 
Rev. David Blunt
 
(Convener, Public Questions, Religion & Morals Committee, Free Church of Scotland (Continuing))