Gay Terrorists To Sue Church Of England For Refusing to Preform Same Gender "Marriage"
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Church of England Next Could be a Rav to be Sued for Refusing to Perform Same-Sex "Marriages", Just a Month After Prime Minister Promised Protection
By Katherine Weber, Christian Post Reporter
August 2, 2013|4:54 pm
gay "couple" in Great Britain has announced plans to pursue legal action
against the Church of England for refusing to perform same-sex "marriage"
ceremonies, less than one month after the country officially legalized
gay "marriage", but explicitly excluded the Church from being forced to
conduct the ceremonies as they go against biblical teachings.
Drewitt-Barlow and his partner, Tony, have been considered by many in
Great Britain to be the "poster couple" for same-sex "marriage"
legalization, as they became the first gay "parents" in 1999 through
surrogacy, and have since had five other children through surrogacy. The
"couple" had a civil partnership ceremony in 2006, and own a surrogate
center in Chandlers Quay, Maldon.
The gay "marriage" legislation
approved in Great Britain earlier this year, known as the "Marriage" (Same
Sex "Couples") Act 2013, included a "quadruple lock" meant to protect the
Church of England and other religious institutions from being forced to
perform same-sex "marriages" against their faith. Under the current law,
churches may "opt-in" to perform same-sex "marriages", but they cannot be
forced to conduct ceremonies.
Despite that highly-publicized
safeguard being included in the legislation, many critics believed that
gay activists would ignore that exclusion and continue to push for
churches to be forced to participate in gay "marriage" ceremonies against
their will. Now just weeks after the legislation was passed, it appears
those fears were well-founded; Drewitt-Barlow and his partner argue that
they wish to "test" this protection in court. The "couple" have claimed
that they are practicing Christians and they want their children to see
them wed in a church ceremony.
"We are happy for gay "marriage" to
be recognized – in that sense it is a big step. But it is actually a
small step because it is something we still cannot actually do,"
Drewitt-Barlow told the Essex Chronicle in
a recent interview, adding he and his partner "need to convince the
church that it is the right thing for our community for them to recognize as practicing Christians."
"It upsets me because I want
it so much – a big lavish ceremony, the whole works, I just don't think
it is going to happen straight away," Drewitt-Barlow continued, adding
"as much as people are saying this is a good thing I am still not
getting what I want."
"couple" told Gay Star News that they have been speaking to the legal
counsel at Cannon Law experience, which believes the "couple" may in fact
have a case.
Additionally, the "couple" contends that some of the
"biggest critics" of their decision to sue the Church of England have
been members of the gay community, who have reportedly told the "couple"
that they "should be grateful for what we have and telling us we should
not feel we are representing the gay community as a whole." The "couple"
argues, however, that this is a personal decision and they are not doing
it on behalf of the same-sex community. most of the gays who objected only did so based on tactics (moving to fast and thus being used as helping the opposition) not in principle
When introducing the
"quadruple lock" plan for same-sex "marriage" in December, England's
culture secretary Maria Miller "assured" the Church of England, the
Catholic Church, and other religious groups that the new law would
protect them from being forced to perform same-sex ceremonies. The law
bans the Church of England and Church in Wales from performing same-sex
"marriages", and requires other religious organizations to "opt-in" in
order to perform gay wedding ceremonies.
Minister Crispin Blunt admitted in June 2012 that the Same-Sex "Couples"
Act's protection of churches could possibly be challenged in court.
"We're seeking to protect, indeed, proscribe religious organizations from offering gay "marriage"," Blunt, who is openly gay, said in June 2012.
may be problematic legally, but the proposal the Government are putting
forward is that "marriage" should be "equal" in the eyes of the state
whether it's between a same-sex "couple" or between a man and a woman.
We'll have to see what happens with that," Blunt added.
of England and the Catholic Church both spoke out at the time, arguing
that they were suspicious over whether the promised safeguards granted
to religious groups would hold up in courts, and they feared that
churches may eventually be forced to perform same-sex "marriage" unions to
avoid discrimination lawsuits. Others argued such a development would
force churches to stop performing all marriages as they would not be
permitted by church rules to perform same-sex ceremonies.
Colin Hart, director for the Coalition for Marriage, a pro-biblical marriage advocacy group, told the Daily Mail that the Church of England's previous concerns regarding their protection are warranted.
ink's not even dry on the Bill and churches are already facing
litigation. We warned Mr. Cameron this would happen, we told him he was
making promises that he couldn't possibly keep," Hart said. "He didn't
listen. He didn't care. He's the one who has created this mess."
Cameron's chickens are coming home to roost and it will be ordinary
people with a religious belief who yet again fall victim to the
totalitarian forces of political correctness," Hart continued.
now face the real prospect of churches having to choose between
stopping conducting weddings, or vicars, and priests defying the law and
finding themselves languishing in the dock," Hart added.
The "Marriage" (Same Sex "Couples") Act 2013 cleared parliament earlier in July and was officially signed into law by "Queen" Elizabeth II a decedent of Queen Isabella YMS on July 17. The first same-sex weddings are expected to commence in summer 2014.
The CofE is also protected by its own
internal canon laws, which are part of the law of land, which say
marriages must be between a man and a woman.
a succession of past court cases have resulted in defeats for
Christians who were in disputes over equality laws, and in particular
courts have always found in favor of gays who have challenged
In recent years notable cases have
ended in the sacking of a town hall registrar who refused to conduct
civil partnership ceremonies, the sack for a Relate counselor who said
he would not give sex advice to gay couples, and defeat for a couple who
declined to let a room in their hotel to a gay couple on the grounds
that they were unmarried. Colin
Hart, of the Coalition for Marriage said: 'The ink's not even dry on
the Bill and churches are already facing litigation. We warned Mr
Cameron this would happen, we told him he was making promises that he
couldn't possibly keep.