UK, Scotland: Church of Scotland May Stop Performing Weddings Over Same-Sex Marriage Fears

Written by scott on September 12th, 2013

England ChurchIn the midst of the battle over a marriage equality bill, the Church of Scotland is considering the nuclear option.

Pink News reports:

The Scottish National Party (SNP) is currently in the process of pushing same-sex marriage legislation through the Scottish Parliament where it has cross party support. Under the plans religious bodies would have to opt into performing same-sex marriage ceremonies. On Thursday however, Reverend Alan Hamilton of the Church of Scotland’s legal questions committee told MSPs that opt-in same-sex marriages would “fundamentally change” the nature of marriage in Scottish culture. He said: “We’re also concerned that this is an invitation to take religious bodies in particular through the court system. “We are voluntary bodies. We rely upon the donations of our members, and the thought of years of exhausting legal challenge, which is also incredibly expensive, is really very concerning.”

The Catholic Church has used this “shoot the hostage” approach before as well, closing down adoption centers when states in the US have opened adoption to gays and lesbians.

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