This move does not surprise me, I have been waiting for this for some time.   Homosexuals have been suing people left right and centre because people just happen to say the NO word to them.    Now because many churches will refuse to marry homosexual couples, we know before the ink is dried on the government bill that Homosexuals will  take this as a green light to pursue  marriage in churches,  but also they will be hopping for a further windfall  by suing the coffers out of any church that says NO..  Despite governmental assurance which I would not trust for a second, we will soon be seeing pastors being dragged into courts on the slightest pretense..  It is even possible that some independent churches  will be forced to close because of financial extremities.

 The Daily Mail Newspaper has published this article.

The lifting of a ban allowing gay couples to hold civil partnership ceremonies in churches has sparked fury among religious groups.

The radical move by the government removes some of the last remaining distinctions between gay partnerships and traditional marriages.

Although marriage and civil partnership are already similar under British law, civil partnership ceremonies are currently not allowed to have religious references, are banned from churches, and must take place in a public building overseen by a government register.

he change, being introduced under equality laws, will give same-sex couples the chance to tie the knot in religious buildings – although the government stressed that churches can opt out if they wish to.

‘No religious group will be forced to host a civil partnership registration, but for those who wish to do so this is an important step forward,’ said Home Secretary Theresa May.

The change is a first step toward making civil partnerships more equal to marriages and there may be further changes to the law in this direction, the Home Office said.

However, leading Christian groups, including Affinity, The Christian Institute, Christian Concern, Reform and the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches, issued a joint statement warning the change will bring the Government into conflict with thousands of evangelical churches, the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church.

‘We reiterate our long-held opposition to allowing civil partnerships to be registered in churches. It is a breach of undertakings made by government ministers during debates on the Civil Partnership Bill.

‘Parliament was persuaded to pass that Bill, in part, because it was made clear that civil partnership was a civil rather than a religious institution and would not take place in religious premises.’

In Britain, only heterosexual couples can get married, while civil partnership is available only to same-sex couples. Activists argue both should be open to all couples.

Gay rights campaigners have welcomed the move, but the Catholic Church and British Muslim groups have said they are strongly opposed to same sex unions of any kind.

Some activists have complained that authorities could have gone further and given the green light to gay marriage.

‘The government could have taken a bold new initiative to ensure that both straight and gay couples have the option of marriage,’ said Peter Tatchell, an activist who coordinates the Equal Love campaign – which seeks to end what it calls sexual orientation discrimination in both civil marriage and civil partnership law.

Britain’s civil partnership law, introduced in 2005, already gives gay couples the same legal protection, adoption and inheritance rights as heterosexual married partners

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‘No religious group will be forced to host a civil partnership registration, but for those who wish to do so this is an important step forward,’ said Home Secretary Theresa May” 

But that did not stop people taking Christian Hoteliers and Christian Photographers to court.   Sorry May I just do not trust you on this matter.

 Now we will see who will stand and who will capitualte?

  1. may says:

    i think that homosexual couples are so scares me that no is standing up for god and rightousness.

  2. Greg Randles says:

    This was all too inevitable. Homosexuals are not looking for “equality,’ but the absolute freedom to impose their own self-serving, radical agenda onto society at any cost. Their greatest victory was in 1974 when they succeeded in forcing the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to remove homosexuality from their list of mental illnesses. This was not done after long and careful consideration by the finest medical minds in America, but after a long battle with militant homosexuals who used abusive, intimidating and threatening tactics against the APA until that body relented and gave in to the demands of the deviants. From then on, the sodomites waged a carefully measured and highly effective war against the society that rightfully shunned and rejected their sexual deviancy.

    The former Prime Minister of Canada, Paul Martin, who laughingly calls himself a “Catholic,” pushed same-sex marriage onto the nation without a second thought. Martin excused himself by pretending that his political decisions and his faith are two separate matters.

    So when did any Christian, Catholic or otherwise, decided that their faith, therefore their faith-based morality, must be kept out of political decision making? Does not Martin know that he, along with all of mankind, will stand before the Throne of Almighty God one day to be judged?

    Back to homosexuals. This tiny minority group of people have literally been handed enormous political power to do whatever they want. And I mean, whatever they want. They parade through our streets in the most shocking displays of sexual depravity and sickening sado-masochistic exhibitionism. They trash churches, “out” personalities that they suspect are gay, bisexual or lesbian, drag their critics into human rights kangaroo courts (Canada), demand access to childrens classrooms, push for “gay friendly” educational materials in public schools, and are determined above all to outlaw even the slightest of criticisms – whether public or private – regarding their “lifestyle.”

    The tragedy is, two decades of political correctness and social engineering has done its job well on the minds of the young. Today we see TV shows, magazines, left-leaning college professors and various forms of social media used to great effect in establishing and reinforcing the notion that homosexuality as a “normal” part of human sexuality.

    Well, it is not. Homosexuals live shorter and unhealthier lives than most heterosexual do. They also suffer from more STDs, intestinal parasites, and other viruses, including AIDS than any other identifiable group of people. Homosexuals and lesbians are also much more vulnerable to mental illness, depression, and suicidal than heterosexuals are, even in countries like Denmark where they are accepted fully without reservation.

    The Biblical view on all matters of sexual sin is not only becoming increasingly politically incorrect, but pastors are now being fined or imprisoned for referencing homosexuality as a sin in their sermons.

    For those churches who have not only fallen away from the Word of God, but also now “embrace” same-sex relationships and perform same sex “weddings,” perhaps it is time to remind them what God Almighty Himself thinks of sexual sin of all kinds:

    ” In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.” Romans 1:27

    ‘Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.’ Leviticus 18:22

    ‘If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads. Leviticus 20.13

    ‘Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders. 1 Corinthians 6:9

    ‘In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.’ Jude 1:7

    God sent his only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for all of us. Many homosexuals have come to Christ and have become new creatures in Him (2 Corinthians 5.17). Others reject the Cross with absolute hostility & hate. That is their decision as beings created with free will.

    My biggest concern is, that soon it will be next to impossible for Christians to escape persecution simply for publicly believing that homosexuality is a sin. I notice, however, that the Imans in their Mosques have not yet been subject to the tyranny of political correctness by homosexual activists.

    But it appears that the dark side is starting to falter somewhat. In the recent mayoral elections of Toronto (heavily populated by immigrants), the openly homosexual candidate, George Smitherman, was subject to a negative advertising campaign by Tamil and Muslim communities. both communities ran radio ads (in their native languages) and printed pamphlets that asked, “should a Muslim vote for a man who calls another man his husband?”

    The homosexual community were outraged, but did nothing but whine. Imagine if this was a Christian church or organization that advertised this way? The CBC would have enough news to last them for weeks. Smitherman’s rival, a white, heterosexual, politically incorrect anti-immigrant politician, Rob Ford, was laughingly blamed for this by the homosexual community. In the end, Ford won. Huge numbers of voters from the Tamil, East Indian, West Indian, Chinese and Muslim communities voted for Ford. Many of them openly stated that the sight of Smitherman kissing another man on TV with their two-year-old adopted son between them was nauseating.

    This is an interesting development. If new immigrants to Canada are so willing to join forces and reject local homosexual political candidates, then political correctness is in for a beating. Among many immigrants I have spoken to, parents and young people alike, absolutely abhor homosexuality and do not want it forced onto them wither in school or in the workplace.

    perhaps the immigrants will take up and finish the work that we Christians failed to do: stand in strength and numbers send homosexual public servants and their supports packing.

    Just think: there is another 240,000 people arriving in Canada this year, and many of them are coming in from those nations that are openly and unashamebly hostile towards same-sex relationships.

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