Some pundit remarked yesterday commentating on the debate on the Same Sex Marriage Bill that the Government had emulated a dictator in a Third World Country in the manner in which it had treated opponents to their ill-conceived bill. They ensured that the time allowed for debate was at an absolute minimum, someone close to the Prime Minister called opponents “swivel-eyed loons” and then they entered into an agreement with the Opposition for support to get this atrocious piece of legislation through its second stage without amendments.
And what was so terrible about the amendment to ensure that there will be equality under the law for heterosexual couples who want to enter a civil partnership rather than a marriage.
Several speakers in a self-congratulatory manner stated that the Church of England and the Church in Wales were exempt from the legislation. However, some one else pointed out that militant homosexuals would probably take this matter to the Court of Human Rights in an effort to compel clergy to officiate at same sex marriages despite the exemption. And as we are only too well aware, the UK have abrogated their rights to this court. Will clergy be sent to prison for failing to comply? Or just be fined? Registrars are to have no exemption, it appears.
Marriage is a sacrament, freely entered into, by a man and a woman and all the legislation by this government or any others around the world can not change this.