This is a bit of a bodyblow to the idea, isn\’t it?
Gay marriage is not a human right, according to European ruling
And do not forget, the definition of what is and is not a human right has been outsourced to those very judges. Not something for us to decide domestically any more.
And there\’s a sting in the tail to this as well:
Neil Addison, a specialist in discrimination law, told the Mail: \”Once same-sex marriage has been legalised then the partners to such a marriage are entitled to exactly the same rights as partners in a heterosexual marriage.
\”This means that if same-sex marriage is legalised in the UK it will be illegal for the Government to prevent such marriages happening in religious premises.\”
Now, that does in fact change matters. For the debate moves from, well, what skin off the Catholic (to take an example) Church\’s nose is it if Teh Gayers can marry elsewhere to you what, we\’re insisting that the Catholic Church must marry Teh Gayers in Church?
That is a substantial change in position I would suggest.
Which really leaves us with only one viable solution. We do as Portugal has done and just entirely remove from the legal code the entire idea of religious marriage. There is just one State contract open to any couple of any variation of adult humanity. This must, can only, take place on State premises.
Where you go as well so that the Sky Fairy would approve is entirely up to you and entirely sod all to do with the law.
Yes, that does mean that us Papists, the CofE, whoever else has those register rights in the middle of a ceremony loses them.
But if Addison is right then the only way to deal with the insistence on non-descrimination in religious marriage is to make religious marriage disappear from the law entirely. For really, seriously, no one is seriously suggesting that the local Mosque must marry Teh Gayers are they?