POL-2011/12-007 We Support Equal Marriage Proposed: Paula Smith Seconded: Jawanza Ipyana SRC Notes: 1. The UK Government is currently consulting the public on the equalising of civic marriage to include same-sex couples 2. The UK Government is not proposing religious marriage for same sex partners. 3. Same-sex marriages are recognised in Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, and Sweden. 4. Research by M.Hatzenbuehler of Yale University et el has found that in places where same-sex marriage bans have been legalised or discussed has nearly doubled the prevalence of LGB people with Psychiatric Disorders. 5. Scientific research has been consistent in showing that lesbian and gay parents are as fit and capable as heterosexual parents, and their children are as psychologically healthy and well-adjusted as children reared by heterosexual parents with Professor J.Stacey of New York University stating â€œRarely is there as much consensus in any area of social science as in the case of gay parenting, which is why the American Academy of Paediatrics and all of the major professional organizations with expertise in child welfare have issued reports and resolutions in support of gay and lesbian parental rightsâ€? 6. That many religious organisations and people of faith support the equalisation of marriage to include same-sex partners. Such organisations include: The Unitarian and free Christian churches, Keshet UK, Liberal Judasism, Quakers and many more. 7. A poll published by YouGov in March 2012 showed that 43% of people supported same-sex marriage whilst 16% were opposed to the recognition of homosexual relations all together. SRC Believes 1. That Same sex couples deserve the same legal recognising in civic marriage that heterosexual couples currently are entitled to 2. That in Countries where same sex marriage has been legalised there has been no resulting problems to the moral fabric of society. 3. That married same-sex couples and/or same-sex parents will not be detrimental to the wellbeing of children raised in such environments. 4. That the government proposals do not go far enough and should allow religious organisations who do wish to perform same-sex marriages to carry out religious equal marriage ceremonies. 5. If one does not believe in same-sex marriage, one should simply not marry someone of the same sex.
6. Those religious organisations that do not agree with same-sex marriage should not have to perform same sex marriages and are entitled to their theological views on the matter. 7. That one religious or theological view point, while respected, should not influence civic-law in a democratic and equal society. 8. As champions of inclusion and diversity, we are supportive of the equalisation of marriage to include same-sex couples. SRC Resolves 1. To visibly and vocally show support for equal marriage for same-sex couples. 2. To support the Coalition for equal marriage (www.c4em.org.uk) and encourage its members to sign the petition. 3. To release a statement to all its members and the wider public showing its support for equal marriage. 4. To launch a campaign within the university community in support of equal marriage.