Getting a straight answer on Equal Marriage – I have to change the wording as basically ‘gay marriage’ is discriminatory and I have to learn a new way of thinking, that I am not a special case anymore – is fairly problematical. because I have to talk to politicians who don’t like giving a ‘straight answer’, or perhaps incapable.
Currently the Government is consulting on, and the wording is again significant, how to introduce equal marriage. The Government is not considering introducing equal marriage it is just wondering how to do so, therefore it is a done deal. I wonder if President Johnson considered how to introduce Black Rights, or consulted if he should. Human Rights are nonnegotiable, they are absolute. The current Home Secretary said so when she went on record as saying:
Our proposals are motivated by the desire to strengthen our society by extending the right to marry. Marriage is one of the most important institutions we have. It binds us together, brings stability and makes us stronger. So I don’t believe that the State should stop people getting married unless there are very good reasons — and being gay isn’t one of them. If we believe that commitment, fidelity and marriage are good things then we should not restrict them, we should let them flourish.
At the moment they are ‘consulting’ which is fine, to an extent, but they are not proposing legislation this year. Why?
The Bill would have Cross Party support, even Yvette Cooper, Shadow Home Secretary, agrees with the Home Secretary. It would be a relatively simple Bill to introduce and would be a win-win scenario, brownie points for an embattled Tory Party and Human Rights for LGBT people. There is a slight problem of Local Elections, for the Tories the Local Elections were a nightmare, it was to be expected, but an inability to blame their very unpopular taxes and stripping people of benefits they had to blame something else. Equal Marriage has been a good scapegoat, Eric Pickles saying that was the cause, and that they had no Mandate for Marriage Reform. The Tories have no Mandate to be in Government, let alone the wholesale privatisation of the National Health Service but they did anyhow – and, Mr Pickles, every Government has a right to enhance equality.
The opposition from the Right-Wing of the Church has also been a factor, trying desperately to cling on to some political function, the Church sees the inability for LGBT people to marry in Church – more on that later – as a waxing for their monopoly.Marriage is a sacrement for many, but for people who do not go to church it is a function of State and the Church performs marriage under licence from the State.
It is likely that the Bill when it is passed will preclude Equal Marriage in Church – which is really upsetting the Methodists and the Unitarians who would actually like to marry Gay People in their Churches; I appreciate that Equal Marriage may not be a part of the creed of some religions and as such could be excused to from performing a Gay Marriage, but other churches are far more charitable and should be able to.
I feel awkward talking about the possible charge of discrimination by the Church, but I think they have a valid argument, to a point that some of them do not want to perfrom Equal Marriage, though I wonder if that arguement could be extended to ethnic minorities?
Time to end it, what I would suggest is that you make your views known to the Home Office via their Online questionnaire and write to your MP and them if they support Equal Marriage, and if not ask them why not.
The important point is that Government is committed to introducing Equal Marriage – I asked the Home Office.