PROPOSALS to legalise same-sex marriage would “legitimise and encourage” the existence of fatherless or motherless children, a new report has claimed.
The report from the Free Church of Scotland study panel comes as responses to the Scottish Government’s consultation on gay marriage are being considered.
Referring to same-sex couples, the report said: “By getting the right to marry, they get more respectability for bringing up children (they already have the right to foster and adopt).
“This is a huge social experiment in which the guinea pigs are children. That is not fair or just to children and does not safeguard their rights.
“It is really being pushed in a doctrinaire way by the gay lobby without any consideration of the harm that it will do.”
The church said that civil partnerships already give same-sex couples the same legal rights as marriage, and that there is no need to introduce same-sex marriage.
The Scottish Government launched its public consultation stating it “tends towards the view” that same-sex marriage should be introduced but that faith groups and their celebrants should not be obliged to solemnise the wedding ceremonies.