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British government facility refuses to host conference on defense of traditional marriage

May 23, 2012

The English organizers of a conference dedicated to the defense of traditional marriage have been abruptly informed that they cannot hold their event in a government-owned facility.

Christian Concern, which organized the conference, had scheduled the event at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre. But on the eve of the conference they were informed that the proposed agenda was not compatible with the purposes of the government agency that operates the center. The conference was moved on short notice to another site.

Andrea Minichiello Williams of Christian Concern protested: “It is extraordinary that at a time that the government is consulting with the public about the legal definition of marriage, a government-owned venue has suddenly decided that a conference examining the issue can not be held.” She complained that a “climate of fear and intimidation” is inhibiting free discussion of the proposal to recognize same-sex marriage.


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