The following letter was something I recently sent to our esteemed London Mayor, the incomparable Boris Johnson. Boris had just come out in support of gay ‘marriage’ in an article in the Independent. I got an e-mail from the Coalition for Marriage asking me to respond to Boris’ remarks. I’m sure I was one of thousands to whom Colin Hart wrote. But it felt personal! And so I thought I should write. I did so in support of C4M and because I thought that Boris was off beam in his remarks. And so I fired an e-mail off almost immediately. It’s not the best crafted e-mail he’ll ever receive.
If you want to chase up the reasons for my opposition to gay ‘marriage’ you can find some of them them here and here. It’s not the only thing I want to campaign on. It’s not the main thing I want to campaign on. But it’s something that I want to campaign on. I’d far rather be known for being for the gospel than being for marriage. But I’m not going to duck the social implications of biblical truth on this important ethical issue of our time. I may end up on the ‘losing’ side eventfully but I’m going to fight until it’s over because I think it matters.
Anyway, here’s the letter (I’ve corrected the original spelling mistakes and grammatical howlers – I said I wrote it in a rush!)
I voted for you at the last two mayoral elections. I encouraged others to do the same. But if you carry on canvassing for gay marriage it’ll make me think again. I’m hugely disappointed by your position on this issue. It puts you out of kilter with what most Londoners think.
Let me briefly have a stab at explaining why I’m making such a fuss and I’m unlikely to ‘get over it’ when it comes to this issue.
Marriage has traditionally been understood to exist between one man and one woman. That’s marriage. And everyone understands that.
Gay marriage isn’t marriage. It needs the adjective ‘gay’ to describe what kind of ‘marriage’ it is because the word ‘marriage’ doesn’t! Gay marriage is also an oxymoron; like a two story bungalow. The word means two people of the opposite gender in a public and exclusive commitment to one another.
Why do we need to redefine marriage? Why can’t we call a long term exclusive relationship that exists between two people of the same gender something like, say a ‘civil partnership’. It’s not discriminatory to deny something like this to gay couples who want it. They’re simply disqualified on the basis that they don’t fulfil the definition of the word.
I like it most when you concentrate on improving our public services and don’t wander ‘off piste’ into social policy.
with every best wish
You could write too if you were so minded.