Colin Hart, campaign director of Coalition for Marriage, wrote the following letter yesterday to supporters of traditional marriage:
"The Government now realises that same-sex marriage will require a
massive rewrite of legislation dating back to 1285 AD – including
airbrushing out the terms 'husband' and 'wife' from many of our laws.
Crucial safeguards will also have to be introduced to safeguard the
"The Government are rushing to introduce all these changes through ministerial orders.
"The proposals include changing the law:
• To prevent a man from becoming Queen in the event a King 'marries' another man
• To prevent a man from becoming the Princess of Wales in the event that the heir to the throne enters a same-sex marriage
• To stop the 'husband' of a male Peer being referred to as Duchess, Lady or Countess
• To replace the terms 'husband' and 'wife' with 'partner' or 'spouse' in a huge raft of English law.
"Redefining marriage means rewriting our language as well as our
laws. All this just goes to show that marriage should never have been
"C4M said all along that thousands of laws would need to be changed.
These, and other far-reaching consequences, flow from redefining
"MPs are expected to agree the draft orders tomorrow with the House
of Lords considering them on Thursday. No doubt there will need to be
further changes to clear up the legislative mess created by the Marriage
(Same Sex Couples) Act.
"Parliament may have changed the law, but it is vitally important
that we continue to assert the truth that marriage is between one man
and one woman.