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UK Deputy PM Vows to Fight For Religious Gay Marriage

UK Deputy PM Vows to Fight For Religious Gay Marriage

 

The UK’s Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has vowed to fight for the right for LGBT-affirming churches to officiate gay marriage.

Reports Gay Star News:

‘In the same way we are not going to force religious institutions to offer it when they don’t want to, we shouldn’t stop those who do,’ he said.

‘I certainly will argue for it very forcefully and I think we stand a good chance of winning the argument because it is a very difficult one to argue against.’

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Andy Wasley, from Stonewall, said: ‘We’ve always been very clear that no faith group should be obliged to conduct same-sex marriages if it doesn’t wish to.

‘Conversely, we do want faith groups like Liberal and Reform Judaism, the Quakers and the Unitarians to be able to celebrate same-sex couples’ love and commitment in line with their beliefs. This is an important matter of religious freedom.’

In the interview Clegg also talks about LGBT rights and the United Nations, and how he believes that the case for marriage equality is clear.

Under the UK government’s current plans to legalize marriage equality, churches would not be allowed to oversee gay marriages, though under existing law they can officiate gay civil partnerships.

Religious leaders in England and Wales have most of them acted in an overtly hostile manner to plans to reform civil marriage equality, this even though it has been made explicitly clear that religious marriage will be left untouched by the change.

However, there have been several progressive religious groups who have voiced their support for the move, including a number of progressive†Jewish†groups, †the Quakers and Unitarians.

You can read the full interview with Deputy PM Nick Clegg here.

 

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1:24PM PST on Dec 18, 2012

Quakers and Unitarians call themselves Christians but they ignore the Bible. What kind of Christian ignores the Bible? They might as well ignore Jesus.

11:45PM PDT on Jul 16, 2012

Here is an idea... remove religious institutions right to act on behalf of the state, if they want to have religious wedding ceremonies that's fine, but why should it have any bearing on the legal institution of marriage, go sign your papers and you are married in the eyes of the state.

12:01PM PDT on Jul 16, 2012

Finally a break in the separation of church and state.

2:19AM PDT on Jul 16, 2012

From a legal point of view, his point of view has absolutely no hope, but there is a strong chance that the government might go ahead anyway in an attempt to garner a few votes.

Currently, homosexual relationships can be registered as civil partnerships giving them in law absolutely the same rights as traditional heterosexual marriages. The difficulty comes when you enshrine their definition in law actually as "marriage".

It is all very well for the government to say that religious institutions will not be forced to carry out same sex marriages. That may well be permissible on the face of it under Equality laws in the UK, but European law has precedence over anything we do in this country. As has already been proved in the European Court of Human Rights for other countries, if a heterosexual marriage can take place in a religious setting, then it would be illegal to prevent a homosexual one from doing the same.

As full legal equality exists, this is simply a cheap attempt at point scoring, because there is no reason in law to push for the change.

11:02PM PDT on Jul 15, 2012

Good luck

11:38AM PDT on Jul 15, 2012

Thanks for the info.

6:11AM PDT on Jul 15, 2012

What is important is that you have a civil ceremony that make sure you are both covered financialLy if something happen...
the rest REALLY DOES NOT MATTER!!

5:28AM PDT on Jul 15, 2012

BMutiny T. & Michelle H, many homosexuals believe in god and HE is most definitely not against homosexuality, many of his FOLLOWERS are having misinterpreted his word! Nick Clegg said they're not going to FORCE anyone to perform a religious marriage if they don't want to, so what's your beef? As for Nick Clegg, I voted for him and his party in the last election, I certainly won't make the same mistake again!! He's been pretty much hog-tied by that other idiot who runs the country, so his chances of doing what he says are very slim, mores the pity.

1:00AM PDT on Jul 15, 2012

Thank you, I hope you can really help

11:43PM PDT on Jul 14, 2012

As much as I agree with him on this, we all know that his views make all too little difference to government policy.

Still, let's hope.

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