At 12/11/12 08:02 PM, Painbringer wrote:
At 12/11/12 07:57 PM, SG3 wrote:
Looks like England's set to have gay marriage legalised by 2015. But the Church Of England has explicitly opted out of the law, so it will be illegal for them to perform ceremonies, considered an impingement on religious freedoms.Why should churches be forced to perform ceremonies that they do not believe in?
It is fair enough that ceremonies be allowed to be performed everywhere else.
That's really why they put that law in place; so they aren't pressured into marrying gay people when they don't want to.
I don't really have a problem with that. I mean, it sucks that they still refuse to accept gay marriage / gayness in general (I think there are a lot of followers who are actively rejecting the entire legislation, and don't want gay marriage, period), but I guess they have that right.
One problem is that this makes it illegal for any Church of England churches marrying gay people, including those who aren't opposed to gay marriage. There are a some Church of England members who are fine with homosexuality, and didn't get a say in this law. The division wasn't factored in because the church doesn't vote for stuff like this; interaction with the government is mainly done by high-ranking members of the church, who typically have more conservative views on gay marriage.