From the UK Daily Mail. (H/T Lex Communis)
Gays and lesbians will be able to ‘marry’ in church under new laws to be unveiled this week.
The historic decision by Liberal Democrat Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone will end the legal definition of marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman.
A gay couple will be able to refer to one of the partners as a ‘husband’, and a lesbian couple will be able to refer to one of the partners as a ‘wife’.
A key part of the reform will bring an end to the ban that prevents civil partnerships being conducted in places of worship.
In a major concession to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s Lib Dems, the Government will announce that for the first time, such ceremonies will be allowed to have a religious element, including hymns and Bible readings. They could be carried out by priests or other religious officials.
[…]Ms Featherstone will also say gays should be able to hold traditional weddings in register offices and other civil settings such as country houses and even football grounds.
[…]The change could also lead to legal action by gay couples denied the right to marry in church.
Gay marriages are already legal in Canada, South Africa, Sweden, Spain, the Netherlands and some American states.
The Liberal Democrats are to the left of the Labour Party in the UK. They are like the New Democrats in Canada.
Even though the Liberal Democrats are hostile to Christianity, there were probably many Christians who voted for them as a way of promoting “equality” and “social justice” through redistribution of wealth. But the more government grows, the more they meddle in civil society. No billionaire business owner has the power to coerce and control a private citizen as much as the lowest level politician has. Businesses can only sell you things if you freely choose to buy them – hardly oppressive. But the most feeble government bureaucrat can coerce you and sanction you for failing to comply with his will – you don’t have a choice of whether to comply or not.
“A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.”
Note that this sort of thing happens in Canada, too.
2 thoughts on “UK Equalities Minister introduces law allowing gays to marry in churches”
Given that Bermuda is a British colony, this got my attention, big time. They’re rubbing our faces in it. THere are plenty of liberal churches that will marry them, but that’s not enough for some gays. They have successfully lobbied Parliament to say “Screw you and your Holy Book. You have have to marry us in your Churches.” You HAVE to deny God’s Word or risk legal consequences. So much for Freedom of Religious Expression. Some Rights are more Equal than others.
Guaranteed, they will be seeking out actual, Christian churches to be “married” in. This would be very scary if not for Jesus Christ.
Everyone up here knows of Orville Nichols, the Christian commissioner in Saskatchewan (a more conservative province), who was punished because he refused to marry a gay couple in a civil ceremony. The same will most certainly happen to Church pastors and ministers, and to their churches in general. Never mind the underground churches of the Eastern Europe of the past, or of present day China, or that some of us have felt guilt in our freedom to worship over here when many of our Brethren haven’t had or hadn’t had that privilege. I think this will hasten the underground church for us as well. .. As Dave Hunt’s mother once told him (not word for word but as I remember from one of his 80’s discussions), “.. when that day comes, seek out a small light – a tiny beacon in the wilderness..”. There won’t be any Christian “mega-churches”.