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A Progressive Case Against Same-Sex Marriage

April 13, 2012


From a guest blogger: During an exchange with a friend earlier this week about the Government’s plans to allow same-sex couples to marry, I objected to his suggestion that support for gay marriage was the province of the political left.  After all, the measure has been introduced by a Conservative-led government, enthusiastically supported by the […]

Gay Marriage: a Tale of Two Petitions (and Facebook)

March 22, 2012


From a guest blogger: On 20 February the website of the Coalition 4 Marriage was set up. Since then its petition has obtained, online and on paper, well over quarter of a million signatures (275,928 on 22 March). About four days after that petition was set up another website was set up in opposition: the […]

Gay Rights, Religion, and Cultural Relativism

June 24, 2011


Trevor Phillips, Chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has given a revealing interview to The Sunday Telegraph on the place of religious belief in Britain today. Despite being billed as ‘a wide-ranging intervention into the growing debate on the place of religion in modern society’, and in spite of starting by making […]

Same-Sex Marriage: A Socratic Dialogue in the Modern Idiom

March 16, 2011


Sappho: Have you heard, Socrates, that HM Government intends to launch a consultation on extending marriage rights to same-sex couples? Socrates: Yes, but isn’t it obvious that marriage is a natural institution established for the purpose of the procreation and nurturing of children, and by nature requires the coupling of men and women? Sappho: That’s […]

Religious Freedom and Same-Sex ‘Weddings’

February 17, 2011


Several media outlets over the weekend reported that the British Government is poised to allow civil partnership ceremonies to be held in places of worship and to include religious elements. Under current legislation, ceremonies are forbidden to include religious readings, music, or symbols. A spokesman for the Home Office said that ‘the government is currently […]

Gay Equality vs. Traditional Marriage: Clash of Rights or Clash of Civilisations?

January 19, 2011


We commented here recently on the case of Christian hoteliers sued for refusing to allow a homosexual couple to share a room at their hotel in Cornwall. A Judge yesterday ruled against them, arguing that their refusal constitutes an act of ‘direct discrimination’ on grounds of sexual orientation. Similar claims of persecution against Christians have […]

Same-Sex Relationships and Civil Society

January 4, 2011


A court has deferred judgment in a landmark case involving hoteliers who refused to allow a homosexual couple to rent a double room at their Bed and Breakfast in Marazion, near Penzance in Cornwall. Many may be tempted to dismiss this as another failure of the Cornish to ‘move with the times’, yet this case […]