Through an open letter featured in the British newspaper The Telegraph, the UK's religious leaders ask Prime Minister David Cameron to rethink his plans to allow same-sex marriage. With this unprecedented alliance of main Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist leaders, they plead Cameron to abandon that measure.
The letter is signed by 53 religious leaders, including Michael Hill, the Anglican Bishop of Bristol; Bernard Longley, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham; Angaelos of Britain’s Coptic Orthodox Church; Sir Iqbal Sacranie, a former head of the Muslim Council of Britain; Natan Levy, an adviser to the Board of Deputies of British Jews; Bhai Sahib Bhai Mohinder Singh, a Sikh community leader, and John Beard, a prominent Buddhist.
In their letter, the religious leaders write: "Marriage between a man and a woman is the fundamental building block of human society. These proposals would radically undermine the nature and place of the family in our society. We cannot believe that this is what you intend and therefore ask you to pause before taking such a damaging step".
After passing in the House of Commons, the same-sex marriage bill will be debated in the House of Lords this week. The debate will start on Monday and continue into next day, and the vote is expected on Tuesday evening. Is not clear that bill could be approved by Lords.
A recent poll in UK again confirmed public support for this bill with 55% in favor of the introduction of marriage equality.
|David Cameron, UK's Prime Minister|
|The House of Lords|