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.