Christian party’s anti-same sex marriage stance up for debate: State Secretary

Paul Blokhuis

The ChristenUnie's stance on same sex marriage - that it should not be allowed - is up for debate. ChristenUnie State Secretary Paul Blokhuis of Public Health said that he wanted to discuss this anti-gay marriage stance with his party in an interview with EO radio program Dit is de dag. "I would really like to have that conversation with the party, yes", he said, NOS reports.

Traditionally the ChristenUnie rejects same-sex marriage. According to the party, the Bible says that marriage is exclusively a union between men and women. Last year the party congress voted against an amendment to explicitly include same sex marriage in the new party principles. 

In the radio interview, Blokhuis discussed a double interview he and his brother Leo had with the Volkskrant. In that interview they talked about how their views on same sex marriage differ from the ChristenUnie position. 

"In the Volkskrant interview, I said that gay marriage is by nature not the same as marriage between people of different sexes", Blokhuis said on Dit is de dag. "But people who are in love, who love someone of the same sex, have a good ally in me." When asked whether same sex couples should be able to get married, Blokhuis said: "I wish them all the happiness, yes."