What is it with politicians in that they only see certain freedoms in the power to say yes, rather than the power to say no? It appears that the Westminster lot believe that churches should have the right to say yes to ‘gay marriage’ rather than the right to say no as they are now.
The Labour leader backed Government plans to legislate for same-sex marriages as a sign that Britain is a “modern country”.
However, he went further than ministers in calling for the right to hold same-sex marriages to be extended to faith groups as well.
In a video recorded for the Out4Marriage campaign, he said: “I think, whether you are gay or straight, you should be able to signify your commitment, your love with the term ‘marriage’, and so the Labour Party provides its wholehearted support for this campaign.
“We will be pushing the Government to get on with the process for legislating for equal marriage, and we’ll also be saying to them, where faith groups want to provide that opportunity for gay couples as well as straight couples, they should be able to do so.
“We’ve come a long way on gay and lesbian rights in the last two decades – civil partnerships, age of consent, a range of other things – but I know there’s further to go.
Now to my mind a civil union is a gay marriage, it’s a choice they have which gives them the same rights under the law as a married couple. The only difference being that churches (and Mosques and Synagogues) have religious reasons for not allowing gay marriage on their premises. Very much a case of ‘my gaff my rules’ you would have thought, though not that apparent to the political classes or the various gay groups who are attempting to force through legislation allowing such things.
Part of the problem for the legislators is that the holy books of the religions they are targeting specifically forbid any for of gay relationship, that these days they don’t complain or campaign against it (generally) is a moot point, the specifics are still there. Abrahamic religions are expressly forbidden by their deity to allow marriage in their terms to anyone other than a man and a woman. It’s not really a choice, certainly not one they really have the freedom to choose other than to say no. Whether or not gay groups get the right to hold marriages in a church shouldn’t mean that churches will allow it, however we all know how this game is played and you can already sense the rustlings of law suits being prepared when some vicar comes face to face with a choice between what his holy book says and two people hell bent on being married in a church because they have ‘a right’
Rights and freedoms should go both ways, in that whilst people have a right to say yes, they also have a right to say no. Legislation in this field only stirs up bitterness and resentment, gays have their civil unions, it gives them equality.
That should be enough, as it is they are now hell bent on infringing another groups rights and removing their freedom to say no.