UK Christian group compares gay marriage ‘loss’ to the Holocaust

As the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill passes the final reading in the House of Lords, an anti-gay Christian group is less than happy

UK Christian group compares gay marriage ‘loss’ to the Holocaust
16 July 2013 Print This Article

As LGBT people celebrate their win for equal marriage in England and Wales, a UK Christian group is less than happy.

Anglican Mainstream, an anti-gay religious group, has lashed out after the House of Lords gave their final vote in favor of same-sex marriage.

They have compared their ‘loss’ by posting a poem/statement written about the rise of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany.

In a blog titled ‘To Think About Same-Sex Marriage’, they posted shortly after the final results yesterday (15 July):

‘First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Socialist.

‘Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Trade Unionist.

‘Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Jew.

‘Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me.’

The statement, by Martin Niemoller, is often used as an exclamation against political apathy.

At the time, it was said by Niemoller out of guilt for not doing enough to stop the rise of the Nazis that led to the Holocaust. An estimated six million Jews were murdered, and tens of thousands of gay people were humiliated, tortured, castrated and used in experiments by SS doctors.

A German pastor, he led a group of clergyman against Hitler. He was arrested in 1937 and eventually confined in concentration camps.

During the political debates surrounding same-sex marriage in the UK, Anglican Mainstream has been one of the most vocally homophobic.

They believe marriage equality will lead to polygamy, incest and bestiality, and also support ‘gay cures’.

Sadly for the Anglican Mainstream, the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill returns to the House of Commons for some final technical housekeeping today (16 July).

A necessary technicality, as members of parliament will consider the Lords’ amendments.

When the House of Commons gives it the go ahead, it will likely be signed by Queen Elizabeth II as early as the end of this week.

After a year of implementation, gay couples are expected to be able to get legally married in summer 2014.

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