REDEFINITION OF MARRIAGE BATTLE HITS STREETS OF WELLS
For immediate use
Wednesday 9 January 2013
Coalition for Marriage (C4M)
VOTERS in the marginal seat of Wells have been urged to lobby Tessa Munt MP (Lib Dem) against Government plans to redefine marriage.
Activists for the Coalition for Marriage (C4M) group, which opposes the Government’s plans, will be targeting 65 key seats throughout the country.
Yesterday they were leafleting voters on the streets of Wells where Tessa Munt holds a majority of only 800. C4M has 841 supporters living in the Wells constituency, and 625,000 supporters nationwide.
C4M’s national campaign director, Colin Hart, said: “Our local activists are fired up to make sure voters have their say. We have identified Wells as a key seat, together with 64 others nationwide. MPs can expect local voters to be pressing them on where they stand on the redefinition of marriage.
“These plans are unpopular and divisive. The voters were ignored by the politicians, this was in no party’s manifesto and the public consultation was a sham. The Government should concentrate on reviving the economy and delivering better public services, that’s what ordinary people want – not playing politics with marriage.”
The Government hopes to introduce very soon a Bill to the House of Commons to redefine marriage, but 130 Tory MPs have already said they’ll vote against it.
Polls show 70 per cent of the public want to keep marriage as it is, and a national petition against the plans has attracted more than 620,000 signatures.
For media inquiries, please contact the C4M press office
07761 606 239, or 07761 606 238.
Notes to Editors: The Coalition for Marriage (C4M) is a UK-based broad alliance bringing together both secular and faith-based groups and individuals who oppose attempts to redefine marriage to include both same sex couples and polygamy.
The Coalition was launched on the 20th February in London at an event attended by the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey.
C4M has launched a national petition for marriage. Signatories include: Lord Mackay of Clashfern, Peter Bone MP, Fiona Bruce MP, David Burrowes MP, Edward Leigh MP, Joe Benton MP, Jim Dobbin MP, Sharon James, Professor Brenda Almond, Lord Stoddart of Swindon, Rt Revd Peter Foster, Bishop of Chester, Rt Revd Anthony Priddis, Bishop of Hereford, Rt Revd Michael Langrish, Bishop of Exeter, Rt Revd James Newcome, Bishop of Carlisle, Dr Philip Giddings, James Bogle, Chairman of the Catholic Union, Revd Hugh Palmer, Prof Sir Denis Pereira Gray, Revd William Taylor and Revd Martin Turner.
C4M’s petition is open to anyone resident in the UK over the age of 16 and can be signed by visiting c4m.org.uk