UK: Gay Couple May Sue Church of England Over Wedding Ban

Written by scott on August 8th, 2013

UK ChurchAfter the UK passed the marriage equality bill last month with what’s been described as a quadruple lock to keep gays and lesbians from marrying in the Church of England, a gay couple is mulling challenging that ban. The Huffington Post reports:

Barrie Drewitt-Barlow, 42, and his partner, Tony, 49 — millionaires who run a surrogacy company in Britain and the U.S. — have been a high-profile couple since 1999 when they became the first gay couple to be named on the birth certificate of their child… they plan to sue the Church of England to get married there. “I want to go to my church and marry my husband,” said Drewitt-Barlow in an interview published Friday (Aug. 2). “It is a shame that we are forced to take Christians into a court to get them to recognize us.”

I’m of two minds about this one. On the one hand, I’m not sure we should be forcing churches to open their doors for us. Secular businesses, yes, but churches are a different thing. But on the other hand, in this case, it’s not the church, per se, that’s banning same sex weddings – it’s the law that specifically says this one church organization can’t marry same sex couples. What happens if the church decides it wants to? What do you think?

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