The director of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC) has questioned the credibility of the Government if they press ahead with plans to redefine marriage.
John Stevens, who was previously deputy head of the University of Birmingham’s law faculty, criticised the “unpopular” proposals as he urged others to sign the Coalition for Marriage (C4M) petition: www.c4m.org.uk
Writing on his blog he said: “When civil partnerships were introduced in 2004 the Government gave its word that there would continue to be a distinction between civil partnership and marriage as traditionally understood, so that Christians and others need not fear the introduction of civil partnerships.
“A mere eight years later the Government is reneging on these commitments, and introducing a policy that was never put to the British people in their manifestos.
“Government should not be allowed to get away with such duplicity.”
Mr Stevens continued: “The gay community is a tiny percentage of the population as a whole, but they exercise inordinate power through their vociferous lobbying.
“This is an opportunity for us to demonstrate that there is counter view.”
He added: “Millions of ordinary decent people do not agree with the agenda of the gay rights movement, and we need to stand up and be counted while we have the opportunity.”
The FIEC is a fellowship of gospel churches across the United Kingdom with over 30,000 attending the main services.
To date, over 30,000 people have signed the C4M petition.