57% of church-going Christians may reject Conservatives over gay marriage

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57% of church-going Christians may reject Conservatives over gay marriage

Post by Guest on Mon Nov 07, 2011 5:14 pm

The Conservative party risks losing Christian votes if it goes ahead with legalising gay marriage, a survey conducted by ComRes suggests.

The poll, undertaken on behalf of Premier Christian Media Trust, indicates that more than half of church-going Christians would be less likely to vote Conservative if the government introduces gay marriage rights.

But Revd Colin Coward from the gay rights group Changing Attitudes told Premier’s Sarah Johnston the loss of votes is unlikely to change policy.

83% of those polled were opposed to changing the law, with the most opponents in the older demographics. 90% of over 65s said they were against the plans.

It is estimated that 5 million people in the UK attend a church on a weekly basis.

26% of young Christians aged between 18-34 say they support legalising same sex marriage.

Last week, the Home Office confirmed its decision to allow religious buildings to host civil partnerships. Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone said regulations should be in place by the end of 2011.

But when plans for a full gay marriage consultation were announced, many religious leaders spoke out against the move.

The Most Rev Peter Smith, the Archbishop of Southwark, welcomed the support for marriage but accused the prime minister of trying to “redefine” the institution.

He told the Daily Telegraph: “Marriage by its very nature is between a man and a woman and it is the essential foundation of family life. The state should uphold this common understanding of marriage rather than attempting to change its meaning.”

The Catholic Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, the Rt Rev Kieran Conry, said the church would “have to do something” to protect marriage.

The Catholic Church, as well as the Church of England, is expected to formally oppose the proposals when a government consultation opens early next year.

The consultation was promised in September after the Conservative Prime Minister’s personal intervention.

ComRes surveyed 544 UK Christians on Cpanel between 25th and 31st October 2011 using an online questionnaire

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2011/11/07/57-of-church-going-christians-may-reject-conservatives-over-gay-marriage/

Great! We will have gay marriage by the end of the year, and the Tories will lose a load of Christian votes!

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Re: 57% of church-going Christians may reject Conservatives over gay marriage

Post by Guest on Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:03 pm

This rather proves my point about Cameron. He is a Liberal at heart. What a shame he is managing therefore to alienate his own supporters and the gay representatives on here remain unimpressed in any case.

Phil you have just said to paraphrase you "Great a Tory leader has gone out on a limb and given us what we want and I'm really pleased he is getting stuffed for doing so" What nasty ingratitude.

The lesson from this is do nothing for the gay community because they will shaft you anyway if you are a Tory. Is the view of all the gay bloggers out of interest?

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Re: 57% of church-going Christians may reject Conservatives over gay marriage

Post by Guest on Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:13 pm

H20 wrote:This rather proves my point about Cameron. He is a Liberal at heart. What a shame he is managing therefore to alienate his own supporters and the gay representatives on here remain unimpressed in any case.

Phil you have just said to paraphrase you "Great a Tory leader has gone out on a limb and given us what we want and I'm really pleased he is getting stuffed for doing so" What nasty ingratitude.

The lesson from this is do nothing for the gay community because they will shaft you anyway if you are a Tory. Is the view of all the gay bloggers out of interest?
Hi Drinky

I know a lot of Tories who are gay. I don't care whether you are tory, liberal or labour.

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Re: 57% of church-going Christians may reject Conservatives over gay marriage

Post by Guest on Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:17 pm

They 'may' reject the Conservatives. Tbh I doubt people who vote Tory will overall find much solace from any other party- assuming they vote Tory for serious reasons to begin with. If they believe the Tories will in general be better for the country, then wouldn't it be rather ridiculous for them to choose not to on the basis of a relatively tiny issue as gay marriage?

Who else would they vote? Liberal? Labour? Green?

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Re: 57% of church-going Christians may reject Conservatives over gay marriage

Post by Guest on Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:37 pm

eilzel wrote:They 'may' reject the Conservatives. Tbh I doubt people who vote Tory will overall find much solace from any other party- assuming they vote Tory for serious reasons to begin with. If they believe the Tories will in general be better for the country, then wouldn't it be rather ridiculous for them to choose not to on the basis of a relatively tiny issue as gay marriage?

Who else would they vote? Liberal? Labour? Green?



I have been converted to the view that gay marraige should be allowed. Listening to Phil though I feel I ought to have stayed put with my original views which were informed by my religious upbringing. My point was Cameron has done something at a risk to himself and Phils attitude wasn't to applaud him but to laugh at his demise as conservative with a small c voters object.



That was downright nasty and a lesson to everyone who may in future want to go out on a limb. I certainly wouldn't if that is the view.

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Re: 57% of church-going Christians may reject Conservatives over gay marriage

Post by Guest on Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:41 pm

Yes i look forward to the Tories getting as few votes as possible at the next election!
The fewer the merrier!

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Re: 57% of church-going Christians may reject Conservatives over gay marriage

Post by Guest on Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:47 pm

'..Last week, the Home Office confirmed its decision to allow religious buildings to host civil partnerships. Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone said regulations should be in place by the end of 2011....'


According to that, it will still be called a Civil Partnership..although hosted in a Religious building.
I'm not trying to be thick, because I'm already well qualified in it....but I thought the term 'Marriage' was what had been hoped for ?

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Re: 57% of church-going Christians may reject Conservatives over gay marriage

Post by Guest on Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:49 pm

This is not surprising if you actually think about it.

Im sure other religious groups are against this and it would be of a higher percentage too

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Re: 57% of church-going Christians may reject Conservatives over gay marriage

Post by Guest on Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:50 pm

Compass wrote:Yes i look forward to the Tories getting as few votes as possible at the next election!
The fewer the merrier!

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Well I hope that the gay community if it as nasty as you gets as few concessions then. Cameron has wasted his time well and truly.



I might add Phil in case you haven't noticed that even if Labour does get in it won't have any money to spend in any case. The reason? it spent it all. We are still borrowing at the rate of £500 m illion per day after the reductions God help us if we had increased spending!

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