Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Church Sued Weeks After 'Gay Marriage' Legalized

The ink is barely dry on the British same-sex "marriage" law, and already a pair of homosexual men are planning to sue the Church of England to force it to perform "gay marriages."  The new law has explicit language to allow churches to not participate in such "weddings," but even if the legal challenge fails in the British courts, it could succeed in the higher EU Court.
“It is a shame that we are forced to take Christians into a court to get them to recognize us.”
-- Barrie Drewitt-Barlow
For background, read European Union High Court Rules Gay Agenda Trumps Christianity as well as Supreme Court Rules Bible as 'Hate Speech' in Canada

Also read Gay Agenda Complete when Christians Muzzled, Say Homosexualists

-- From "Gay couple may sue Church of England to wed in church" by Trevor Grundy, Religion News Service - Washington Post 8/6/13

Barrie Drewitt-Barlow, 42, and his partner, Tony, 49 — millionaires who run a surrogacy company in Britain and the U.S. — have been a high-profile couple since 1999 when they became the first gay couple to be named on the birth certificate of their child.

Now they have five children by five surrogate mothers. All the children are American citizens born in California.

Referring to the legislation that received the queen’s approval last month he said: “The only way forward for us now is to make a challenge in the courts against the Church.”

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From "First couple consider legal challenge to Church’s gay marriage opt-out" by John Bingham, Social Affairs Editor, UK Telegraph 8/2/13

The couple, who have been in a civil partnership for seven years and have five children through surrogacy, describe themselves as practising Christians who regularly attend their local parish in Danbury, Essex.

Mr Drewitt-Barlow said that while he welcomed the passing of legislation for same-sex marriage, provisions exempting churches from performing the weddings meant they still felt discriminated against.

Despite government reassurances, opponents believe that even if a legal challenge under the Equalities Act were to fail in British courts, it could potentially succeed at the European Court of Human Rights.

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From "Church of England to be Sued for Refusing to Perform Same-Sex Marriages, Just a Month After Prime Minister Promised Protection" by Katherine Weber, Christian Post Reporter 8/2/13

The gay marriage legislation approved in Great Britain earlier this year, known as the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, included a "quadruple lock" meant to protect the Church of England and other religious institutions from being forced to perform same-sex marriages against their faith. Under the current law, churches may "opt-in" to perform same-sex marriages, but they cannot be forced to conduct ceremonies.

Despite that highly-publicized safeguard being included in the legislation, many critics believed that gay activists would ignore that exclusion and continue to push for churches to be forced to participate in gay marriage ceremonies against their will. Now just weeks after the legislation was passed, it appears those fears were well-founded; Drewitt-Barlow and his partner argue that they wish to "test" this protection in court. The couple have claimed that they are practicing Christians and they want their children to see them wed in a church ceremony.

The Church of England and the Catholic Church both spoke out at the time, arguing that they were suspicious over whether the promised safeguards granted to religious groups would hold up in courts, and they feared that churches may eventually be forced to perform same-sex marriage unions to avoid discrimination lawsuits. Others argued such a development would force churches to stop performing all marriages as they would not be permitted by church rules to perform same-sex ceremonies.

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Also read President Obama's 'Marriage' Lawlessness Spreads Across America as well as Senator Ted Cruz Says the Gay Agenda Ends Christian Liberty

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