Thursday, 24 May 2012

SPUC welcomes and supports Muslims Defending Marriage (MDM)

SPUC welcomes and supports a campaign launched today by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) to defend marriage, including opposing the goverment's plans to allow same-sex marriage.

The MCB, which is the umbrella body representing Britain’s Muslims, has launched a website called Muslims Defending Marriage (MDM), which includes an online petition and supporting material.

SPUC and the MCB share the belief that it is necessary to defend the true meaning of marriage in order to protect the welfare of children. Anthony Ozimic, SPUC's communications manager, told the media earlier today:
“Marriage as an institution exists to protect children, their identity and their right to know and be nurtured by both their mother and their father. Statistics show that unborn babies are four to five times more likely to be aborted outside of real marriage. As a non-denominational yet multi-faith organisation, we are very happy to support the Muslim Council of Britain's campaign to defend the common good of marriage.”
Both the MCB and SPUC are calling upon concerned citizens to respond to the government’s 12-week consultation on its proposals for same-sex marriage. The deadline for submissions to the consultation is 14 June 2012. SPUC's briefing on how to respond to the consultation can be read at

For information about why SPUC, as a pro-life campaigning organisation, campaigns against same-sex unions, please see our position paper on same-sex marriage which follows a resolution passed by SPUC's Council last year. SPUC has also made available a background paper to be read in conjunction with the position paper and which provides some additional references and reflections.

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