Category Archives: Same-Sex Marriage

Published on
22 March 2012

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

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 […]

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Published on
24 June 2011

Gay Rights, Religion, and Cultural Relativism

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 […]

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Published on
17 February 2011

Religious Freedom and Same-Sex ‘Weddings’

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 […]

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Published on
19 January 2011

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

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 […]

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Published on
4 January 2011

Same-Sex Relationships and Civil Society

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 […]

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Published on
23 November 2010

Love, Life and Language

From a guest blogger: This week The Economist reported on the subject of legalising gay marriage that ‘one poll suggests the British public is ready to go all the way’. I sometimes struggle to reconcile my deep conviction about the nature of homosexual acts with the fact that some of my dearest friends are gay. […]

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