Same-sex marriage row

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

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

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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.

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.”