Same-sex marriage row

Legalising same-sex marriage would “legitimise and encourage” the existence of fatherless or motherless children, according to a report.

A Free Church of Scotland study panel examined the issues surrounding marriage, divorce and remarriage. The study comes as responses to the Scottish Government’s consultation on gay marriage are evaluated.

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Referring to same-sex couples, the Free Church 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 being pushed in a doctrinaire way by the gay lobby without any consideration of the harm that it will do.”