My former Orthodox church suggested to me to join a petition against gay marriage... That's what I replied (for the record).
Could you please remove me and my children from all mailing and parish lists as we are not interested in religion any more?
Because of this I am also not interested in formalising personal
relationships but as a person who has been married I feel it would be
utterly unkind for me to deny this opportunity
for any other grown up people, whatever they sex or number would be. I
feel the things which really matter in any relationship are freedom,
love and happiness, not labels,
certificates or an opinion of absolute strangers. I am so happy I can
now say freely what I have been suppressing inside for years.
I hope you will understand,
These is a gross mistake in the text of their petition: "Throughout history and in virtually all human societies marriage has
always been the union of a man and a woman. Marriage reflects the
complementary natures of men and women..." "If marriage is redefined once, what is to stop it being redefined to allow polygamy?" As far as I know, polygamy was quite common in many societies. Plus very early marriages forbidden now. Traditions can't help their case. Also funny that their petition is not on official government site. Probably wouldn't pass the standard.
The message has been forwarded from the main priest at official church mail address so the pressure on parish members to join the petition is obvious.
Anyway here is the link to an opposite petition if anybody is interested. No pressure whatsoever :)