June 12, 2012

Church of England To Politicians - We Want To Stay An Old Relic

The bigots and anti-gay haters in the church are buggered!
 
Prime Minister David Cameron and the Conservative/Liberal Democrat led government have been planning to introduce legislation in Parliament that extends the full legal status of marriage equality to same-sex couples. The Church of England, which is the state-sanctioned Church in the United Kingdom (UK), assailed those plans.

The Church issued a statement on Tuesday that said the plan was not thought out, and that implementation of the law could create a huge rift between the church and state.

As the Church of England is the officially established church in the United Kingdom of Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland, Queen Elizabeth II is the head of the religion.

From Reuters:

In its formal response to the proposals, the Church of England said the move would change the "intrinsic nature of marriage as the union of a man and a woman".

"Several major elements of the government's proposals have not been thought through properly and are not legally sound," the Church said in its official response.

"The consultation overlooks the implication of what is proposed for the position of the established Church," it said.

"We also believe that imposing for essentially ideological reasons a new meaning on a term as familiar and fundamental as marriage would be deeply unwise."

Twice as many Britons marry in secular, civil ceremonies as in religious rites. About a quarter of weddings in England take place in Church of England ceremonies.

Ministers have been adamant that a new law would be brought in before the next election in 2015. They say that under their proposals, churches and other religious establishments would not be obliged to modify their marriage rules.

British media quoted senior church sources as saying the gay marriage row could lead to the end of the link between the church and state, first established in 1534 when King Henry VIII broke from papal authority in Rome and declared himself the Church's head.

If anyone needs evidence of why a separation of church and state is necessary, you’ve got one right here.

Any rules or laws that apply to the Church of England have to be approved in Parliament, since it’s a state church. The Church of England is obviously telling Parliament that they want to stay an old relic, with this failure to embrace a move forward. If Parliament passes a marriage equality bill, the bigots and anti-gay haters in the Church of England are buggered.


VIA: Reuters


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