Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has claimed that gay marriage could lead to polygamy.
Writing for think tank Civitas, the 77 year-old peer claimed that gay marriage represents a “paradigm shift in our understanding of marriage”. The government is, he claims, trying to change the definition of marriage to “a long-term commitment between two people of any sex, in which gender and procreation are irrelevant”.
This principle could result in “two sisters bringing up children together” or “multiple relationships, such as two women and one man”.
Ben Summerskill, chief executive of gay rights organisation Stonewall, said:
“This is regrettably hyperbolic shroud waving. We pray other peers will be a little more attuned to the 21st Century during next week’s debate.”
The House of Lords will debate the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill today.