30 May 2013



Archbishop of Canterbury,
Justin Welby

In Britain we are very privileged to have church leaders who are able to have a say in Parliament. Twenty six Church of England Bishops have seats in the House of Lords with this great responsibility to speak God's truth at the heart of our Parliamentary system. There has never been a more important time to stand for God's truth than on Monday. 

With the vote on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill taking place on Monday (3rd June), it's vital that these men take the opportunity to stand and speak for God's design for marriage.

Sadly, we've heard that some bishops are not even planning to be there on Monday. This is very concerning, given that every vote counts - we need as many peers as possible to vote against the Bill.

Please call the Bishops who have seats in the House of Lords, urging them to attend the debate, speak against the Bill and vote against it. Please do this even if you are not a member of the Church of England.

Here are a few points you can make when you call:
  • Bishops have a unique opportunity and responsibility to explain God's teaching and provide Christian leadership.
  • Urge them to stand for biblically defined marriage by voting against this Bill.
  • There has been significant erosion of the institution of Marriage in recent years which has brought considerable pain to adults, children and communities. We must prevent any further erosion.
  • The nature of marriage needs to be clearly articulated, especially the intrinsic aspects of complementarity between men and women and the bearing and care of children.
  • This is likely to be the most important vote they will make during their time in the House of Lords.
When you call, ask to speak to the Bishop's office (or Archbishop's office, as appropriate). PLEASE be polite and courteous when you call, as well as firm. (For  the Bishops' email addresses etc-Christian Concern:here)

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