A group of Christian lawyers is to petition the Queen over new regulations that will outlaw discrimination against gay and lesbian people.
The Christian Concern for Our Nation is affiliated with The Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship, who claim to have over 2,000 members.
The Queen is Supreme Governor of the Church of England as well as Head of State.
The pressure group concede that the Queen is powerless to block the introduction of the rules, but have petitioned Her Majesty asking her to raise the concerns of Christians with Tony Blair.
The Queen has a weekly audience with the Prime Minister. The petition reads:
“On November 4th 1952, in your Coronation Oath, your Majesty declared that you would ‘to the utmost of your power maintain the Laws of God and the true profession of the Gospel’.
“We therefore call upon your Majesty to urgently consider a proposed law, formulated by your Government, known as the Sexual Orientation Regulations which are being introduced by virtue of Section 82 of the Equality Act 2006.
“The Regulations are a serious affront the profession of the Gospel and to the freedom of religion which this country has cherished for many generations.
“The Regulations purport to eliminate discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, but have the consequence of discriminating heavily against Christians of all backgrounds and denominations who hold firm to the very Faith which you pledged to uphold in your coronation oath.
“The Regulations will make it unlawful for a Christian to refuse to promote homosexual practice and will make it unlawful for our children to be taught the importance of marriage in any schools above the importance of practising homosexual relationships. All these activities are contrary to the true profession of the Gospel.”
The petition also asks the Queen to confirm their view that gay and lesbian relationships are less valid than those of heterosexuals.
The pressure group are also planning a protest rally outside Parliament on January 9th.
It is highly unlikely that the Queen will involve herself in any protest against government legislation.
Her constitutional position means that she cannot take part in political activity and as Head of State she is bound to support any decision that her Government makes.