In Scotland, only Tam Dalyell stood up for what he believed. Many others, personally known to me, who share my concerns about homosexuality, stayed away or allowed political correctness to overcome their conscience.
In this particular battle the "gay lobby" has had some unsavoury allies. In 1978, the journal of the Paedophile Information Exchange carried this advice for members: "Let us support the lobby to lower the age of consent, but never, never should we be leading such calls. It must come from enlightened progressives and professional pressure groups."
Lest readers think that the Roman Catholic Church is being unduly harsh, let me say clearly that the Church deplores the fact that homosexuals have been the object of violence in speech or action.
The Church's condemnation is of the homosexual act, not the person. Homosexual feelings exist, and, although disordered, are not sinful per se. What is sinful, dangerous and ultimately delusory is the homosexual act. This vote will bring about the opposite of what was intended.Reuse content