During the marriage equality bill debate in the UK, Lord Dear spoke negatively that if the bill passed, children will “act out gay weddings in class.”
“Parents will not have a legal right to withdraw children from classes which endorse same-sex marriage in the curriculum,” said Dear during his speech. “The effect on schools will undoubtedly be divisive, and we should reflect on the fact their calls have already been made for children to act out gay weddings in class.”
Describing the bill as “ill-considered,” Dear added that the rights of LGBT people were being prioritized first, thus by taking the rights of the “traditional family.”
The Former Chief Constable of the West Midlands also slammed the Parliamentary process as “flawed.”
“[The Parliamentary process] seeks to overturn centuries of tradition, heedless of public opinion, and the views of religious leaders, and blind to the laws of unintended consequences,” Dear added.
In much of his speech, he cited different marriage equality laws occurring in other countries. Dear warned about the violence in France after they approved their legislation last month while using a study by an Argentinean university that had a “revolution to [Argentina's] internal law” after passing their bill.
Dear also debunked a country’s regression, similar to Uganda which outlaws homosexuality. Remarking the loss of seats during the local elections by the Coalition parties, Dear mentioned that the bill was not in the Conservative Party’s manifesto or in the Queen’s Speech.
Dear mentioned the unfairness of the equality bill by citing civil partnerships for LGBT couples are “significantly better off, than family members who live together without the benefits of such a partnership.”
“Two sisters living together, or an elderly parent and unmarried daughter [are unable to] enjoy the benefits as same-sex couples,” Dear said.
In the end, Dear was unhappy with the two-day debate.
”How can we be expected to consider turning the law of marriage on its head?” Dear concluded.