It is no secret that the BU household frowns on Gay couples being allowed to marry in Church. In our simple view, the institution of marriage, related customs, the Church and reproductive sex are all elements we factor to define marriage.
Interesting to note from our research that Canada has had same sex marriages since 2002 and churches are not allowed to refuse to marry people, only the individual priests. Many believe marriage is a legal matter and to obtain a license to conduct marriages, an institution must conduct ALL marriages.
The news that the UK government will “unveil” plans next week to allow Gay couples to marry in Churches is set to raise another firestorm between Church and State. BU recently reported on Church of England Under Pressure to Change by its refusal to allow women Bishops. Prime Minister David Cameron’s government stated position is to protect “churches, mosques and synagogues which do not want to marry gay couples on grounds of belief.”
BU suspects the UK government has painted into a corner on the issue of Gay marriage and the Church. It is known to be illegal for any business in the UK to refuse gays. How then can it be legally sustainable for the established Church (Church of England) to have an opt out, once gay marriage is made a matter of law?
For those who have followed this matter through the years, the debate next month in the UK parliament is eagerly anticipated. As always the machinations in UK law has implication for adoption in Barbados. Same sex marriage and the role of the Church are issues which remain on the backburner in Barbados. Minister Stephen Lashley who has responsibility for family, and Attorney General Adriel Lashley, have played to the public gallery on the issue of homosexuality and related issues. The rubber may be about to hit the road on this issue and local politicians and clergy et al may be forced to declare an honest position on the issue!
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