It’s gg and well played to us.
The Church of England has accepted defeat in the fight to give the GLBT the same rights as straight couples. They are officially ceasing their direct support (naturally, Individual priests may still carry the fight) against anti-GLBT marriage.
The scale of the majority in both the Commons and Lords made it clear it was the will of the Parlliment. Well that’s the problem here. The Church still claims the British people are at heart “homophobes”. That we cannot give our grace to two gay people. I say they are fucking idiots. We may have bigots. But we are more likely to laugh at them than let them rule us.
The EDL may march our streets but when I was in England the racist who yellled at me was sent packing by other people.
The English Defence League? It’s a great idea! I only wish they learnt the language before they went out and marched. Pakis can’t speak English? Well neither can the EDL! – Avicenna
Every single hateful statement aimed at me was rebutted by the people of Manchester. The same town where Lee Rigby (the man who was killed in Woolwich by Islamic Fundies) came from defended me at a time when most asians feared reprisals from the EDL. Where bigots and arseholes were going to get the “race war” they were gagging for.
In that people showed me love and allowed me to laugh at racists.
Manchester is proud of what I am and what I do and that means a lot to me.
And you are telling me that these people cannot accept two people being happy? The legalisation of Gay Marriage is not just the will of Parliament but the will of the people.
The Bishop of Leicester, who leads the bishops in the House of Lords, said they would now concentrate their efforts on “improving” rather than halting an historic redefinition of marriage. This is a dramatic change from the stance that Gay Marriage was the “Biggest threat to the CofE since the Dissestablishment during Henry the VIII and that it would undermine the cornerstone of society”. Which ranks up there with “December 2012″ in “unfounded fears”.
And yes the Church does want “Conscience Clauses” against the ruling. They want to be still be able to preach their hate but it’s the tired move of someone who has lost. They have seen which way the tide is flowing and they would rather get to be allowed to keep their hate speech up rather than have to abandon that too.
However not all is bad. Some off the things proposed are actually “sensible”.
The CofE signalled that bishops would seek to introduce a notion of adultery into the bill and extend parental rights for same-sex partners. Under the current bill people in a same-sex marriages who discover that their spouse is unfaithful to them would not be able to divorce for adultery after Government legal experts failed to agree what constitutes “sex” between gay or lesbian couples.
The bishops are also seeking to change a provision which says that when a lesbian woman in a same-sex marriage has a baby her spouse is not also classed as the baby’s parent.
The logic is that adultery is still a reason for divorce in the UK since we don’t have “No Fault Divorces”. We have a 2 year waiting period of consensual separation. Otherwise? You need a reason. As it stands the lack of definition of adultery means that divorce among the GLBT is solely through separation. While “no fault divorce” is ideal this is something that needs sorting out. Again the idea of parenthood extending beyond simple biology is important in order to enshrine the non-contributing partner’s role in a child’s life.
The wheel is turning and the world is changing.
Bishop Walker, who is currently the Bishop of Dudley – a junior bishop in the diocese of Worcester – attracted headlines earlier this year when he took on David Cameron over welfare cuts and accused politicians of scaremongering over immigration.
It emerged last month that Manchester Diocese, one of the biggest dioceses in the Church of England, had included a requirement to foster better links with the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities as part of its new bishop’s job description.
And I welcome this change in the Church of England. Too long has Christianity been mired by hate and too long has it forgotten it’s own “ethos” and “core message”.
The best we can do in life is to be happy. To stand in the way of other’s happiness is just sad. Life’s too short and sad enough without being sad at pointless things. And I am glad the Church of England thinks so too.