Government urged to call referendum on same-sex marriage

Some of Britain’s leading Black Pentecostal churches have endorsed a letter published in the Daily Telegraph, in which they rejected the Government’s claims that they are acting in the interests of ‘diversity’ and ‘equality’ by re-defining marriage.

Signatories to the letter included Bishop Eric Brown, Head of the New Testament Church of God; Rev Yemi Adedeji (pictured), Director of the One People Commission; Rev Kingsley Appiagyei, Senior Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, and Pastor Agu Irukwu, Senior Pastor of Jesus House.

The letter states that the Government has failed to think through the consequences of pushing through changes to the legal definition of marriage, and adds that the Government is ignoring the opinions of ethnic churches and is, instead, listening to the voice of smaller churches (The Quakers and United Reformed Church).

The leaders have also called on the Government to hold a referendum on the issue of same-sex marriage, stating that the people of Britain should have their say on the issue. The leaders wrote, “These plans were not in any party’s manifesto and, if the Government had any respect for democracy, they would allow a referendum before making fundamental changes to the nature of marriage.”

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