Here at Researching Reform we make no bones about the fact that we disagree with judges taking up mantles under the guise of charitable foundations to push their own agendas and it seems as if The Marriage Foundation, set up by high court judge Sir Paul Coleridge is now facing an enquiry after complaints were made to the Office for Judicial Complaints (OJC).

It was a foundation without, well, foundation. We cannot have our judges, who are meant to be impartial and accepting of all legal rights (to a point where they can apply the law fairly and no more), trying to force their views into law and into society at large.

Having suffered a severe set back last week when the Law Society refused to allow Coleridge to host his debate “One man. One woman. Making the case for marriage, the good of society” on grounds that it was against their working ethos, this recent development will come as yet another hard blow to the lobbying group, er, charity.

There is room for debate on all things; freedom of speech must reign. But judicial office and cornerstones of our civilisation must uphold the highest and most rational standards civilisation has to offer – and ne’er the twain shall meet.

Paul Coleridge, speaking at the launch of the Marriage Foundation at Middle Temple Hall on May 1, 2012

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