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Marriage petition draws over 300,000 signatures

A PETITION launched by the Coalition for Marriage (C4M) has gained more than 300,000 signatures shortly after the Government launched its ‘consultation’ on proposals to redefine marriage.

The C4M petition calls on the Government to leave the current definition of marriage – the voluntary union between one man and one woman for life – alone.

It was launched in response to Government plans to consult on how to introduce same-sex marriage by Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone.

More than 100,000 signatures have been added since the Government consultation was launched last month.

Dr Dave Landrum, director of advocacy at the Alliance, said: “In recent weeks, the scale of the opposition to government proposals to redefine marriage has become abundantly clear.

“Regardless of the sham consultation, this has been seen in public debates and in the way that the C4M petition continues to break records. With a hung Parliament a distinct possibility at the next general election, any party seeking to hold the reigns of power would do well to listen to the will of the people on this profoundly important issue.”

Colin Hart, C4M campaign director, welcomed the huge rise in signatures and said that this was further evidence that the Government plans to redefine marriage were wrong and should be scrapped. “There has been a staggering response to the C4M petition, launched last month, which shows just how many ordinary men and women care about this issue.  What has been particularly interesting is the jump in numbers backing the petition since the Government unveiled its sham consultation.”

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