I have a friend called Michael and we see eye-to-eye on very little. He drinks white wine and I drink red. He eats sweet popcorn and I eat salty. He is an unashamed bottom and I…I’m more open-minded.
When it comes to issues of homosexuality he believes that, as a community, we should be happy with our lot. He doesn’t have much time for campaigning gay rights and for those who campaign for gay rights. For Michael, the world is powered by money and he is an out-and-out capitalist, where human emotion is just an annoying, weepy shadow. I, of course, vehemently disagree with him on most of these points and we often have lengthy (mostly baseless) debates about the state of gay rights in the UK, in which his argument is, more often than not, that “we should all just stop bloody whining” (said in a Cumbrian accent – he’s Cumbrian).
Which is why this email he wrote to the Deputy Director of the Catholic Education Service was surprising:
To whom it may concern,
It’s totally disgraceful that you are attempting to persuade young and impressionable adults to sign this petition. Not only this but in a state school which is paid using my taxes! Yes LGBT people pay taxes. You are clearly in breach of sections 406 and 407 of the 1996 Education Act, which ban the political indoctrination of schoolchildren and require political views to be presented in a balanced way.
I have just been on the Coalition For Marriage and what a disgrace.
“People’s careers could be harmed, couples seeking to adopt or foster could be excluded, and schools would inevitably have to teach the new definition to children.”
Do you agree with this? How could a person’s career be harmed? How would a couple be excluded from adopting? Teach a new definition to children?
“People should not feel pressurised to go along with same-sex marriage just because of political correctness.”
You should not pressurise children in signing a petition just because you are bigots.
The catholic church cannot claim a moral high ground when you have covered up child sex abuses by your own priests.
“Schools with a religious character are allowed to teach sex and relationships – and conduct assemblies – in accordance with the religious views of the school. The Catholic view of marriage is not a political view; it’s a religious view.”
The last time I checked I voted in a Parliamentary election so that Members of Parliament can legislate in my interests. This is not about a religious view but about a political view and fortunately your view will not be considered as marriage (the word) will be legislated to allow LGBT people to use.
Poor grammar aside, I’m extremely proud of my friend for taking an email-based stand. It takes a lot for Michael to be passionate about anything other than money and for him to take the time to write this, with a clear passion, is an indication of how strongly many of us gay-folk feel about this situation.
Don’t tell him I wrote this, I’ll never hear the sodding end of it.