Monday, August 5, 2013

Gay Terrorists To Sue Church Of England For Refusing to Preform Same Gender "Marriage"

Barrie And Tony YMS

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

A 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.

Barrie 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."
The "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.

However, Justice 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.

"That 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.

The Church 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.

"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," Hart said. "He didn't listen. He didn't care. He's the one who has created this mess."
"Mr. 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.

"We 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.
(Christian Post) highlights mine

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.

However 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 Christians.

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.


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