New blow for same-sex marriage
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.