Telegraph editorial warns Govt on redefining marriage

A national newspaper has used its editorial on two consecutive days to warn the Government over its proposals to redefine marriage.

On Tuesday The Daily Telegraph said that legislating for homosexual marriage risked “undermining the traditional family”.

The previous day its editorial highlighted the “unintended consequences” of such a move, and questioned whether it was the Government’s role to “dictate the nature of such an elemental relationship”.


It comes as the Westminster Government is expected to launch a public consultation on redefining marriage later this month.

A petition, set up by a grassroots campaign group against the redefinition marriage, has already attracted more than 100,000 signatures. It can be signed here:

Tuesday’s editorial said: “Where is the groundswell of opinion for such fundamental change to society’s central institution?


“David Cameron’s anxiety to appear a modernising party leader threatens to create a wholly unnecessary political headache while raising profound questions about the meaning of marriage and of the family.

“These are perilous waters for a Tory-led government”.

It said: “A Conservative government should put the well-being of the family at the heart of its policies”.


Campaigners have already voiced their concern that redefining marriage will change the language of parenthood.

In Spain, where same-sex marriage was legalised in 2005, birth certificates now read “Progenitor A” and “Progenitor B” instead of father and mother.