Campaign for marriage grows as threat to Catholic schools emerges
The group leading opposition to the Scottish Government's bid to legalise same-sex 'marriage' has launched a leafleting campaign in the run up to the Scottish council elections on Thursday as experts warn of the threat redefining marriage poses to Catholic schools.
Scotland for Marriage is this week delivering leaflets to almost 300,000 homes in the city at a cost of £15,000. A petition by the umbrella group, supported by the Catholic Church, against redefining marriage has already been signed by Cardinal Keith O’Brien and the former SNP leader Gordon Wilson. The group took part in a protest this morning with the Christian Institute outside Glasgow City Chambers. In addition to the leafleting campaign, it is also planing to use mobile advertising vans to further promote support for traditional marriage.
The increased efforts in the Scotland for Marriage campaign follows warnings from Catholic education experts about the dangers of the Scottish Government’s proposals to change the law to allow same-sex couple to marry.
The Catholic Education Commission believes changing the law on marriage will prevent denominational schools from teaching according to Church doctrine.
“While the First Minister has expressed his admiration of Catholic schools for their moral teaching, it is ironic that this legislation attempts to set aside one major item of Christian moral teaching—the sanctity of marriage as a covenant between husband and wife,” Michael McGrath (above), director of the Scottish Catholic Education Service, said.
The commission’s warning comes before Education Secretary Michael Russell is due to speak on Thursday at the annual conference of the Catholic Headteachers’ Association of Scotland.