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Statement on Gay Marriage Bill
06 February 2013

THE Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland has expressed its “dismay” following the vote at Westminster in favour of same-sex marriages.

Deputy Grand Master, Rev Alistair Smyth, said: “From a Biblical point of view, we believe that marriage is between one man and one woman as evidenced by Genesis 2: 24, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh’.

“It is proposed the Church of England and Wales will not be forced to conduct same-sex ceremonies and other religious groupings can choose to opt in or out as suits them. Nevertheless, this will most likely be challenged under ‘equality or human rights’ legislation in the European Courts. Therefore, we fear the religious safeguards supposedly built in will soon crumble.

“We commend all those MPs who voted against this bill. We regard this decision as further evidence of the departure from Christian standards in our nation and of moral decline.

“Scripture tells us that ‘righteousness exalteth a nation; but sin is a reproach to any people’ (Proverbs 14: 34).

“We urge all Christian people to continue to hold true to Christian values and to pray that God in his mercy would turn people to seek the Lord and his ways.”

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