I\’m a big fan of asking \”and then?\”
You know, someone comes up with a bright idea to make the world a better place and all too often no one\’s asking, well, yes, but what happens after that? What will follow? And then?
But under an amendment to the Equality Bill tabled in the House of Lords by Lord Alli, a homosexual Labour peer, the ban on the events taking place on religious premises will be lifted.
The amendment states that national faith groups will not be forced to carry out civil partnerships.
But it is feared that same-sex couples would be able to use the protection from discrimination guaranteed – under the Equality Bill or the Human Rights Act – to take legal action against individual clergy in their parish if they refuse to “marry” them in a local church.
No, I don\’t know whether this will indeed happen but it wouldn\’t surprise me in the least. For we do have a ban on discrimination in the provision of goods and services on the grounds of how you get your rocks off.
It\’s entirely possible that, with the law as complex as it is, the law allowing civil partnerships in Church if the Church so agrees, will become the Church must offer such.
Which isn\’t, as I recall it, quite what people who supported the amendment were saying on Monday would happen.