New blow for same-sex mar­riage

The Church of England - - NEWS - By Amaris Cole

ONE OF THE coun­try’s most in­flu­en­tial fam­ily lawyers has spo­ken out against the same-sex mar­riage plans, ar­gu­ing they go against prin­ci­ples es­tab­lished for thou­sands of years.

Baroness But­ler-Sloss said plans to re­de­fine the def­i­ni­tion of mar­riage would give same-sex cou­ples no new rights, but in­stead just de­struct the mean­ing of the in­sti­tu­tion.

The Judge went on to claim such changes would re­move the con­cept of adul­tery in same-sex di­vorces, en­cour­ag­ing ‘im­moral­ity’.

Lady But­ler-Sloss is widely re­garded as a sup­porter of same-sex cou­ples adopt­ing chil­dren and sup­ported land­mark leg­is­la­tion in the House of Lords to al­low gay cou­ples to cel­e­brate civil part­ner­ships in churches and other re­li­gious build­ings.

How­ever, th­ese lat­est plans are a ‘step too far’, the Baroness has said.

Speak­ing out for the first time on the sub­ject, she said: “I have al­ways spo­ken in favour of same-sex re­la­tion­ships and the rights of ho­mo­sex­ual peo­ple. This does seem to me a dif­fer­ent is­sue and one which at­tacks mar­riage”.

The views stem be­yond her Chris­tian views, Baroness But­lerSloss ar­gues, say­ing many re­li­gious peo­ple in­clud­ing Mus­lims, Jews, Hin­dus and Sikhs hold sim­i­lar con­cerns.

She went on: “[I can­not un­der­stand] why the Government is faffing around with same-sex mar­riage when they need to be right­ing a wrong.”

She said the Coali­tion Bill could pro­mote “im­moral­ity” as of­fi­cials could not agree what con­sti­tutes sex be­tween peo­ple of the same gen­der, so same-sex cou­ples can­not di­vorce on grounds of adul­tery.

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