THE Church of Scotland Presbytery of Lewis this week lodged a submission with the Scottish Government voicing its opposition to the proposed legalisation of same sex marriages.
In a statement, the Presbytery spoke of its appreciation to the government for the opportunity to respond in consultation, but expressed its ‘grave concern and sadness at the proposed introduction of same-sex marriage into Scotland’.
The Presbytery challenges the legality of the proposal, believing it to contravene with both the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the European Convention of Human rights - the first of which (Article 161) states that marriage is a union of ‘a man and a woman’; the latter (Article 12) which safeguards ‘men and women of marriageable age the right to marry and to found a family, according to the national laws governing exercise of this right’.
“Nor does the Presbytery recognise that there is a genuine grass-roots demand for same-sex marriage legislation to be introduced,” the response continues, “as empirically demand for same-sex civil partnerships since 2006 has been in significant, year on year decline from its zenith of 1,047 per annum in 2006 down to 465 in 2010.”
The Presbytery states its belief that marriage be: “exclusively a union between one man and one woman and is the only sexual union ordained of and approved by God, for the blessing of humankind and that to His own ineffable glory by ensuring the continuance of humanity through the birth and bringing up of children in a loving family unit.”
It adds: “The Presbytery recognises such marriage to the bed-rock of a stable, moral and safe society, the withdrawal of which will lead to moral and social instability.”
In conclusion of its response, the Presbytery of Lewis states its respectfully urge that the Scottish Government: “Rescind the proposals for the introduction of same-sex marriage for the moral good, safety and blessedness of our nation clearly seen in the bible.”