May 15, 2012
The Law Society in London has banned a Christian organization, Christian Concern, from hosting an informal discussion at its headquarters on the issue of marriage entitled "One man. One woman. Making the case for marriage for the good of society," according to Christians in Crisis. The Law Society wrote in an email to Christian Concern, "The nature of your event has recently been drawn to our attention, and it is contrary to our diversity policy, espousing as it does an ethos which is opposed to same-sex marriage." The Law Society's decision comes at a time when the debate over the UK government's proposal to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples has reached fever pitch after more than half a million people have signed a petition opposing the plans. Andrea Williams, CEO of Christian Concern, said she was not looking for another venue but asking the Law Society to honor its contract with the group. "How can the Law Society's 'diversity policy' not include the protection and respect of a range of view on the issue of marriage?" she said.