UK Christian Group: There Aren’t Enough Gays To Justify Marriage Equality

The Christian Institute, a self-styled British morality police, has come up with a brilliant argument against extending marriage rights to same-sex couples: There just aren’t that many of them.

A recent government survey indicated 2.6% of the UK identifies as gay, lesbian or bisexual. While that statistic is being challenged by both gay-rights groups and their opponents, the Institute says it’s too small a number to be bothered with. “It is staggering that such a monumental change is being carried out on behalf of a tiny proportion of society,” spokesman Mike Judge told the Daily Mail.

Friend of Queerty Benjamin Cohen of the British marriage-equality group Out4Marriage rightly points out:

“Even if the lesbian, gay and bisexual population was as low as is claimed, why should that mean that LGBT people are entitled to less rights than heterosexual people. Jewish people make up less than half a percent of the UK population. Yet as a Jew, I have the legal right to get married, for that marriage to be conducted by a Rabbi and recognised by the state, although obviously only currently to someone of the opposite sex. By the Christian Institute’s interpretation… Jews should, like gay people, be denied the right to marry.”

Don’t give them any suggestions, Ben.


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  • hyhybt

    I’m sure it’s been done.

    Ultimately, *everybody* can be put into *some* single-digit minority and written off that way.

  • retropian

    Uh huh. So now gay people are too small a minority population to worry about extending equal rights to. Previously anti equality christian groups have said that gay people present a threat to heterosexual marriage and even civilization itself. How can that be if we are such a tiny minority? Do they not even grasp how they contradict themselves? Like all anti-equality groups they are trying to establish what John Adams called “a tyranny of the majority”, where the majority runs roughshod over the rights of a minority because they feel, as the majority they can do so. This is why he tried to ensure minority protections in the U.S. Constitution. I love how these christians in the service of their bigotry betray the christian belief in the basic dignity of all people. But then, at one time the majority of christians supported slavery.

  • Cam

    That is a similar number to the number of Jews, Asians, etc… in the U.S. so I guess according to that “Institute” they shouldn’t have rights either.

    Bigots are so stupid.

  • Billysees

    @retropian: Re 2 “Uh huh. …


    Brilliantly said.

    Bravo for a magnificent comment.
    And good comment from No.3 – Cam, who said that “Bigots are so stupid”.

    How true.

  • 2eo

    There aren’t enough christians to justify their stranglehold on positions in the House of Lords.

  • Dumdum

    These religious people are so cute. You gotta love this herd mentality, why it’s positively antediluvian. Aren’t they supposed to be like sheep or cows or something? And who doesn’t like a good lamb chop or burger?

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