British Churches Would Be Required to Solemnize Same-Sex Unions, Legal Expert Warns


Catholic Culture World News:

A Catholic legal expert has warned that if Great Britain recognizes same-sex marriages, churches will be compelled to solemnize such unions, regardless of the assurances that have been given by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Neil Addison of the Thomas More Legal Centre said that European court rulings show that the government would be required give homosexual couples all the same legal rights as heterosexual couples, including the right to a religious service. “The government will be obliged to permit same-sex marriage on religious premises on exactly the same basis as it permits heterosexual marriage,” he concluded.

Addison insisted that a proposed legal exception, allowing religious bodies to refuse to perform same-sex marriages, would not stand a challenge in the European Court of Human Rights.


  1. Rich
    Posted April 28, 2012 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    Here's that pesky thing called "human rights" again. If a gay Brit pays civil taxes and a Brit Church operates by virtue of those civil taxes well, yup, the Church better conform to the obligations of equal services for civil marriages that all Brits must attain no matter if it's in a Church or not.. Civil rights are human rights.

    Or, give up the the civil tax support.

  2. Brett 73
    Posted April 28, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    "The Government will be obliged to permit same-sex marriage on religious premises on exactly the same basis as it permits heterosexual marriage,"
    There is a big difference between 'obliged to permit' and 'permitted to compel'. Mr. Addison knows this. He is correct that the government would be obliged to permit same-sex marriage on the same basis as it permits heterosexual marriage. So let's look at what that means. Heterosexual couples of all faiths and faith combinations, as well as couples where one or both of the parties is divorced, have the legal right to marry. Religious institutions are permitted by, but not required by the government to solemnize any of those marriages it chooses. When same-sex couples can marry, government will have no more authority to force the Catholic Church to solemnize the union of a man and a man than it has to force them to unite a divorced Jewish man to a Hindu woman today. Addison is a lawyer and he knows this. To intentionally misrepresent the facts in a "legal opinion" as he does here is shameful and violates the basic principles of his profession. He should be ashamed. His claim is merely an attempt to create the fiction that religious institutions that oppose marriage equality have a horse in this race. They do not. He wants to instill fear in the general public with his "gays are coming after you" brand of propaganda. Anyone who can look at the situation logically can see that he's full of it.

  3. Paul Mc
    Posted April 29, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    Thomas More Centre also knows fine well that the highest European Court has ruled that states are not required to treat same sex couples equally under the Convention which is the highest authority on Human Rights. The case was only a month or so ago. This is scaremongering, stirring up unfounded fears which is of course not a Christian value.

  4. OvercameSSA
    Posted April 29, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    Here's a little Christian value for you heathens:

    And [Christ] answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning made them male and female," and said, "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh" ? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”

    No two guys; no two gals.

  5. Brett 73
    Posted April 30, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    You veered off topic a bit, Overcame. Why so distracted? Did a hot guy walk by?

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