Saturday, 18 May 2013

Gay Marriage: The End Is Nigh!

On Monday and Tuesday, the Commons will be debating the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill. Doubtless there will be the usual appeals to biblical texts and church teaching and complaints about the immorality of “redefining marriage”. We will be threatened with plagues of pink locusts, swarms of rainbow-coloured frogs and the end of civilisation as we know it. Exaggerated concerns will be raised about teachers in religious schools being forced to mention the existence of homosexuality
Some will even complain that civil registrars will be required to perform same-sex marriages, even though registrars are civil servants employed expressly to register that which is legal, and we would never allow them to refuse to marry divorcees just because of any personal convictions they may have about the indissolubility of marriage.
Despite all the huffing and puffing, there will be a hefty majority in favour of the Bill, and I hope that when it comes to it, the unelected House will remember that the Commons is more representative of the country...
In the end, though, the issue is simple: everyone should be treated equally under the law and nobody should be discriminated against merely because of their sexuality.

Chris Bryant MP, writing in his column in The Independent.
Oh, how I dream of the day when we're not discussing this and the whole silly pantomime is finally over...

Full Disclosure: I've cut out a section in the middle where he argues for straight people being allowed civil partnerships.
I agree wholeheartedly, and did so merely for reasons of space, so please don't write in.

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