In the light of press reports that around 100 Conservative MPs are planning to rebel against a same-sex marriage bill, Cranmer's Curate asked UKIP, which is proving a magnet for disillusioned Conservatives, about its stance.
A press spokesman told cc:
We are at heart a small-state organisation and we don't feel we should be interfering in people's private lives. We believe wholeheartedly in the married persons' tax allowance. We feel there are other ways of strengthening marriage that are not necessarily morally discriminatory.
He continued, suggesting that same-sex marriage is the logical progression from civil partnerships (a different legal entity from marriage):
We feel that civil partnerships are a fact and we believe that gay partnerships should be recognised in law, particularly when it comes to inheritance. Ten years ago sitting here I would have been very happy to support a position of no gay marriage but that is no longer the case. The party has become broader.
Apart from the fact that a 'morally discriminatory' stance in favour of good against evil is nothing to be ashamed of, UKIP's failure to uphold traditional heterosexual marriage as the spiritual, moral and cultural bedrock of a stable society is tragically ironic. Without the teaching of Christ and the Bible once again undergirding our nation's laws, customs and morals, there will be no independence for the UK but only slavery to what the Book of Common Prayer calls 'the unruly wills and affections of sinful men'.
Those truly serving UK independence are Parliamentarians of various political parties who are contending for Christian values against socially Marxist political correctness.
With the UK descending into the unrighteousness that debases a nation, that wonderful BCP Collect (for the 4th Sunday after Easter) urgently needs to be prayed by and for the Church:
O Almighty God, who alone canst order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men: Grant unto thy people, that they may love the thing which thou commandest, and desire that which thou dost promise; that so, among the sundry and manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed, where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.