Understanding the decisions of politicians can be like trying to interpret the actions of another species, can’t it?
As far as I can make out, for England and Wales, the Westminster government is about to pass a law which prohibits the marriage of homosexual couples in Church of England and Church of Wales churches – which many adherents thereof wish to perform, but allows it in Roman Catholic, radical Protestant churches, and Mosques – which oppose it in the most radical of terms, and which will not perform it under any circumstances. How stupid is that?
No government has any business in standing in the way of any couple who wish to have their union blessed by an imaginary being, or any organisation which seeks to confer the blessing of an imaginary being on such a couple.
How did we become saddled with a bunch of idiots who can’t even sort out something as simple as this?
You report (13 December) that religious leaders in Scotland are seeking additional legal privileges and “protections” in addition to those that they currently enjoy and those which are proposed in the new Scottish Government paper on marriage law. Why should religious denominations be authorised to register marriage on behalf of the state and at the same time pick and choose which types of marriage among those recognised by the state that they will celebrate?
Surely it would be much simpler and fairer, as in France and Turkey, for all marriages to be required to be registered initially by the civil registrar.
Couples and religious denominations and others who celebrate marriage would all then be free to negotiate among themselves as to how to celebrate the new match and religions would be free of state regulation of their religious celebration of marriage.
Already more than half of marrying couples in Scotland choose the civil registration route – so the move to a simpler secular system that respected the right of religious denominations to celebrate weddings as they wish after registration would not be that challenging.
We are half-way there already and the trends revealed in the 2011 census suggest that they are continuing in that direction.