Here’s Number Four.
No impact on schools
The current law requires schools to teachÂ children about the importance of marriage.Â If marriage is given a new definition, itÂ will be endorsed in schools. AccordingÂ to expert legal advice, any teacher whoÂ fails to endorse same-sex marriage in theÂ classroom could be dismissed. ParentsÂ will have no legal right to withdraw theirÂ children from lessons which endorseÂ same-sex marriage across the curriculum.Â Already supporters of gay marriage areÂ recommending books for use in schoolsÂ which undermine traditional marriage, andÂ call on schools to get children to act outÂ gay weddings. The effect on schools willÂ be polarising and divisive.
Tough words. Is it true that state employees (i.e. teachers) would have to support gay marriage? What’s wrong with validating people’s relationships? Are there already issues with some liberal teachers using the word “marriage” when describing civil partnerships?
Over to you.