C4M – 10 Reasons – Number 1
This is the start of a blog series looking at the “Ten Reasons” booklet put out by the Campaign for Marriage. I will copy below the reason and then a short commentary. Please do comment below but please stay on the topic of the “reason” that is being discussed. I may delete comments that stray off-topic.
Evidence shows that redefining marriageÂ actually undermines support for marriageÂ in wider society. Neither has it deliveredÂ the promised stability for same-sexÂ couples. In Spain, after gay marriageÂ was introduced, marriage rates acrossÂ the whole population plummeted. InÂ the Netherlands too there has beenÂ a significant fall in the marriage rateÂ since marriage was redefined. Same-sexÂ marriage does not promote marriage.
I contacted the Campaign for Marriage to ask them for the underlying data to support this contention. IÂ receivedÂ no reply. I think this is very poor. If you are releasing claims like this you should offer the evidence for them with the claim.
That said, let us assume that the figures are correct (I will examine them when I receive them). If that is the case, does this not demonstrate that Â the claim that gender-neutral marriage will help marriage in general is palpably false?
It’s been an interesting discussion. There is actually very little evidence that introducing gay marriage helps foster marriage amongst heterosexuals. At the same time, the claim that marriage rates plummeted in Spain after gay marriage was introduced rather misses the point that it was already falling beforehand AND the fall subsequent to gay marriage wasn’t any different.
Final Outcome – No-Score Draw