Stats on couples

I recently wrote about the benefit chaos with the new computer system handling the Government’s flagship Universal Credit Scheme, and how it is not able to cope with the “complicated” lives led by millions of families. Going to add further to this confusion, with the redefinition of marriage. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) had proposed merging official figures for same-sex marriage and traditional marriage together with “no differentiation possible”. The move would have airbrushed true marriage from official data.

But, after consulting with the public, “asking” whether it was “important” that “some tables” should show separate heterosexual and homosexual marriage figures, ONS have now released a statement saying they are not going to combine the figures. So the statistics for traditional marriage are not to be a state secret. Also the ONS “will publish marriage and divorce statistics in the future where figures for opposite-sex and same-sex couples are shown separately”. This is a welcome climb down, thanks to the huge response from the public consultation, for upholding real marriage in our society.

Norman Plaisted Vivian Road Newport

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12:43pm Thu 19 Dec 13

On the inside says...

You ain't half fascinated with gay issues aren't you?
You ain't half fascinated with gay issues aren't you? On the inside

1:06pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Katie Re-Registered says...

'Differentiating' in such a way between 'same-sex' marriages and heterosexual ones is nothing short of discrimination and says bundles about the deep-seated prejudice that LGBTQ people suffer in backwards Britain.

I mean, would a public body like the ONS dare to 'differentiate' between marriages in which partners are of different religions or races? I'm sure there'd be an outcry, with accusations of racism, anti-semitism and xenophobia etc. Actually though, a likening to the Nazis wouldn't be totally unjustified as the infamous Nuremberg Laws also sort to differentiate and then ban marriages between people of different races and religions. Many people in such marriages, for instance, were forced to divorce their partners and then humiliated and punished in public for 'race mixing'.

That's why the modern day British ONS's appeasement in the face of far right wing and religious fundamentalist pressure is such a big mistake. And just what, in a religious fundamentalist's eyes (be they Christian, Jewish or Muslim) does not constitute a 'proper' marriage? As well as not recognizing gay marriage, do they, for instance, believe that marriages between two people of different religions are not 'real' marriages? Such an attitude of grading superior and inferior marriages comes perilously close to the mindset of those Nazi fanatics who drafted the Nuremberg Laws.
'Differentiating' in such a way between 'same-sex' marriages and heterosexual ones is nothing short of discrimination and says bundles about the deep-seated prejudice that LGBTQ people suffer in backwards Britain. I mean, would a public body like the ONS dare to 'differentiate' between marriages in which partners are of different religions or races? I'm sure there'd be an outcry, with accusations of racism, anti-semitism and xenophobia etc. Actually though, a likening to the Nazis wouldn't be totally unjustified as the infamous Nuremberg Laws also sort to differentiate and then ban marriages between people of different races and religions. Many people in such marriages, for instance, were forced to divorce their partners and then humiliated and punished in public for 'race mixing'. That's why the modern day British ONS's appeasement in the face of far right wing and religious fundamentalist pressure is such a big mistake. And just what, in a religious fundamentalist's eyes (be they Christian, Jewish or Muslim) does not constitute a 'proper' marriage? As well as not recognizing gay marriage, do they, for instance, believe that marriages between two people of different religions are not 'real' marriages? Such an attitude of grading superior and inferior marriages comes perilously close to the mindset of those Nazi fanatics who drafted the Nuremberg Laws. Katie Re-Registered

4:56pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Llanmartinangel says...

On the inside wrote:
You ain't half fascinated with gay issues aren't you?
True, although you'd say 'fascinated', I'd say pathologically obsessed'.
[quote][p][bold]On the inside[/bold] wrote: You ain't half fascinated with gay issues aren't you?[/p][/quote]True, although you'd say 'fascinated', I'd say pathologically obsessed'. Llanmartinangel

11:39am Mon 23 Dec 13

jimmytheone2 says...

What a poorly argued nonsense. I don't think I've ever read such narrow minded, bigoted rubbish. It isn't worth arguing with any of the points you make as they are laughable - I wonder whether this is tongue in cheek, a wind-up? Couldn't possibly be serious, could it?
What a poorly argued nonsense. I don't think I've ever read such narrow minded, bigoted rubbish. It isn't worth arguing with any of the points you make as they are laughable - I wonder whether this is tongue in cheek, a wind-up? Couldn't possibly be serious, could it? jimmytheone2

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