Written evidence from Victoria Griffiths [HAB0038]

 

·           I am strongly against cohabiting couples having the same financial rights as married couples. The concept is absurd and rewards living in sin and is against Gods holy word and laws. Children will also view this as acceptable when it is not and will further downgrade holy marriage between man and woman which is a sacrament. To implement this proposal is a very dark agenda.

 

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·           Cohabitation is much more unstable than marriage. By the time they turn five, 53% of children of cohabiting parents will have experienced their parents separation; for five-year-olds with married parents, this is 15%.

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·           Giving legal rights to cohabitees will encourage cohabitation, which is inherently unstable and so will escalate more family breakdown in society already costing the public purse over £50bn each year.

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·           If couples want the legal protections of marriage, they can get married. Parliament has also made civil partnerships available for all couples which includes no life-long commitment. Creating a second alternative to marriage is completely unnecessary and will profoundly undermine marriage.

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·           Most of the rights attached to marriage flow naturally from the lifelong commitment. For example, since a couple have committed to one another until death separates them, the law automatically provides for when such a death occurs. This does not apply to those who have not made this commitment, nor should it.

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·           If its true there is a widespread perception that people think cohabiting couples have similar or identical rights to those who are married then there should be an awareness-raising campaign. Not a fundamental legal change which would undermine marriage.

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·           Married couples report healthier lifestyles and better health outcomes, with smoking and recreational drug usage much less common among married women than cohabitees. Married men have better cardiovascular health, better cancer survival rates, lower risk of depression and greater satisfaction in retirement.

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·           The difficulties experienced by cohabiting couples are being overstated and can already be addressed by other means. Inheritance concerns can be arranged through a will, for example.

 

 

If this goes ahead, society will degrade even further than it already has given all the other acts that have come into force that has already downgraded holy marriage.

July 2021