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The Marriage Debate: This house would legalise same-sex marriage in England and Wales

“Catholics have a responsibility to make an informed contribution to the debate in a way which reflects the diversity of the Catholic tradition and the plurality of the Catholic community in this country, which includes many men and women living in committed, same-sex relationships.”

Posted: 21 May 2012

Tina Beattie, Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Roehampton, is taking part in a debate in central London arguing in support of the motion that ‘This House would legalise same-sex marriage in England and Wales’.

Organised by The British Humanist Association and Catholic Voices, Tina said her participation was sparked by an appreciation for the complexity of an issue about which people on both sides feel passionately.

Tina said many Catholics support the idea of same-sex marriage, and it is important that their voices are heard: “Catholics have a responsibility to make an informed contribution to the debate in a way which reflects the diversity of the Catholic tradition and the plurality of the Catholic community in this country, which includes many men and women living in committed, same-sex relationships.”

The debate will be held on 29 May, from 6.15pm to 7.45 pm at the Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, London SW1P 3DW.

Places are limited and should be reserved in advance by emailing cindy@humanism.org.uk (put ‘debate’ in subject line and state number of tickets and names.) Costs: £5, payable on door.

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