In the run up to Conservative PM David Cameron’s government amending the Civil Partnership Act to allow civil partnerships in religious premises No religious institution will be forced to perform civil partnerships if they do not wish to do so.” Mike Weatherley, a fellow Conservative MP, has written to the PM demanding that churches should be banned from holding marriages if they refuse to perform civil partnerships for gay couples.
Weatherley basis his draconian demand on the precedent set by banning Catholic adoption agencies for upholding Church teaching regarding adoption of children by homosexuals.
‘As long as religious groups can refuse to preside over ceremonies for same-sex couples, there will be inequality. Such behaviour is not be tolerated in other areas, such as adoption, after all. I suggest that it makes little difference if unions are called Marriages, Civil Partnerships or some other term (such as simply ‘Unions’). Until we untangle unions and religion in this country, we will struggle to find a fair arrangement.’
Protect the Pope comment: When Catholic Tony Blair’s government introduced civil partnerships he stated that the legal distinction between the religious idea of marriage would remain distinct from civil partnerships between homosexuals. Now the Coalition government is breaking this legal protection and blurring the distinction by allowing religious groups to perform civil partnerships.
To calm the fears of Churches who uphold the moral teaching of Christianity, such as the Catholic Church and the Church of England, homosexual campaigner Peter Tatchell has said that, ‘No religious institution will be forced to perform civil partnerships if they do not wish to do so.’
With respect to Peter Tatchell Protect the Pope doesn’t find his words reassuring or believable in light of his vicious attack on Pope Benedict and the Catholic Church on the occasion of the Holy Father’s visit to the UK. Conservative Mike Weatherley’s letter to David Cameron makes it clear that the Catholic Church, and the Church of England, have every reason to fear that the next phase of the campaign to establish pseudo-gay marriages will be to coerce them to accept homosexuals or be banned from holding marriages. They’ve banned the Catholic Church from placing children for adoption, now the stage is being set to ban us from holding marriages.
H/T Fr Ray Blake’s blog