Archive | March 2014

Congratulations to SSM couples in England & Wales

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Hello Dears, a little late, but I must offer my heartiest congratulations of the first same-sex couples to marry in England & Wales, when the Same Sex Marriage Act passed into law at the stroke of midnight on 29 March 2014.

Among the first to marry were Peter McGraith and David Cabreza, who after living together for 17 years were wed at Islington Town Hall just after midnight, with LGBT rights campaigner Peter Tatchell as chief witness.  Teresa Millward and Helen Brearley wed in Halifax, Sean Adl-Tabatabai and Sinclair Treadway tied the knot at Camden Town Hall, Neil Allard and Andrew Wale were wed in Brighton, and Aarron Adem Erbas married Louis Monaco, also at Islington Town Hall.  Comedienne Sandi Toskvig meanwhile renewed her vows with her partner Debbie. I am sure all my followers join me in wishing them all the heartiest congragulations.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, meanwhile has said that the Church of England would drop it’s opposition to same-sex marriage, as parliament had spoken.

Not so happy was Andrea Williams, Chief Executive of Christian Concern, who in an odious interview with the BBC spoke of “choosing lifestyles” then stated “We can’t just redefine an institution – redefine something that always has been – because we say it’s something that we want.  This is actually very self-centred. This is not about rights, it’s about seeking cultural dominance and seeking to redefine marriage for all of us.”

Yes Andrea, self-centred and seeking cultural dominance in seeking to redefine marriage for all.

Do tell me Andrea dear, do you imagine that marriage is a wholly Christian institution?  If so, do you then consider marriages between any couple who are not Christian, be they of other faiths or none, to be null and void?  Can you show me just exactly where in the Bible there is a clear definition of marriage dear?  And given that the vast majority of the population of England & Wales (and the world in fact) is cisgender/heterosexual, just what was that about cultural dominance dear?

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Same Sex Marriage now Law in Scotland

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(And good news for England and Wales too)

At last it’s law dears.  On Thursday, 13 March 2014, Queen Elizabeth II granted Royal Assent to the Marriage and Civil Partnerships (Scotland) Bill, meaning that it has now passed into Scots Law.

This ensures the rights of same sex couples to marry.  There is also provision for Humanist celebrants to wed couples without having to apply for a temporary licence to do so, as previously required.

The first same sex marriage in Scotland could take place as early as July.

Meanwhile, on the same day, same sex couples in England & Wales became able to register to marry and same sex marriages abroad became officially recognised.