A Coleraine public representative has defended the institution of marriage and claimed the Government is failing to listen to the majority of people who are against proposals to change marital law.
Alderman James McClure says same-sex marriage would “rewrite hundreds of years of British legal tradition and thousands of years of cultural heritage.”
Speaking at the annual Twelfth of July Independent LOL’s County Antrim Demonstration at Portglenone, he also called on members of the Assembly at Stormont to continue to ensure they preserve the legal definition of marriage.
He said: “One of our greatest institutions is under threat from a Government that does not listen to the will of the majority of the people of this country.
“Marriage between a man and a woman is not a recent social invention. Everyone knows that marriage predates law, nation and church. It goes back to the dawn of time.
“Yes, matrimonial law may have been tweaked over the years, but the law has never fundamentally altered the essential nature of marriage: a lifelong commitment between one man and one woman.
“Same-sex marriage would rewrite hundreds of years of British legal tradition and thousands of years of cultural heritage.
“Statistics clearly show that the introduction of same-sex marriage has seen overall marriage rates fall drastically in other European countries such as the Netherlands and Spain.
“If we redefine marriage once, what’s to stop marriage being redefined yet further? asked the DUP man.