CALDER Valley’s MP Craig Whittaker fears changing the law to allow same-sex marriage could lead to the legalisation of three-way relationships or polygamy.
Mr Whittaker said he would not be supporting Government proposals on same-sex marriage and was basing his decision not on information or beliefs from faith groups but on what the unintended consequences of re-defining marriage may bring.
“If one looks back over time to only 45 years ago in England and Wales, 32 years ago in Scotland and 30 years ago in Northern Ireland when homosexuality was decriminalised, could politicians of the day ever imagine that their successors would be looking at changing the law and re-defining marriage at some point in the future?
“I doubt that very much and feel that they changed the law on grounds of what we would call today ‘equality’. Legal equality, taken forward and rightfully strengthened in many avenues over those years culminating in legal civil partnerships.
“My overriding concern is that if we do indeed as a Parliament change legislation to allow same sex marriage now, then what will our successors be discussing and have to legislate for in the future?; Polygamy?; Three-way relationships?; Who knows what else?
“Marriage has a unique place in our society. It is a bedrock institution and the most stable environment for raising children. Redefining marriage would make marriage adult-centred rather than child-centred.”
He said civil partnerships already provided all the legal benefits of marriage so there was no need to redefine marriage. “It’s not discriminatory to support traditional marriage. Same-sex couples may choose to have a civil partnership but I feel that no-one has the right to redefine marriage for the rest of society.”
He said he would be voting against the Government on the issue if indeed it came to a vote.