Comments: Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill

Amazing!
I never thought this would happen while I was still able to enjoy it.

Posted by Martin Reynolds at Thursday, 24 January 2013 at 11:13pm GMT

Enjoy Martin ! And one and all.

Yes, it good to have lived to see it.

Posted by Laurence Roberts at Friday, 25 January 2013 at 1:16am GMT

May God's Justice roll down like a mighty stream, and the Happy-Wedding-Tears will follow---Maranatha! :-D

Posted by JCF at Friday, 25 January 2013 at 1:24am GMT

Now that the truth is out - that Churches will have to opt in to the legislation in order to celebrate Same-Sex Marriages - perhaps the Roman Catholic and Anglican hierarchies will cease bleating about their inability to accommodate the Marriage of Gay Couples who wish to make their Vows of monogamous faithfulness to one another - with the love that dare not speak its name - but which is, nevertheless, a positive force for good in the lives of the people concerned.

(That might just be the longest sentence I've ever written - but all in a good cause!)

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Friday, 25 January 2013 at 8:55am GMT

When I 'came out' in 1969 I was told that homosexuality would never be socialy acceptable. It is extraordinary how far we have come.

Yet there is still a long way to go and I have no doubt that the 'debates' on the bill will show just how far.

Posted by Richard Ashby at Friday, 25 January 2013 at 10:06am GMT

The text of the Bill is now available to download from the Parliament website: http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2012-13/marriagesamesexcouplesbill.html

Posted by David Lamming at Friday, 25 January 2013 at 1:23pm GMT

May God's Justice roll down like a mighty stream, and the Happy-Wedding-Tears will follow---Maranatha! :-D (JCF)

How lovely JCF - inspired !

Richard Ashby, I came out gradually at college, also in 1969 ! I used to fantasize, image, anticipate the G-d would bring this about as part of the 'Kingdom' fullness of an age beyond my lifetime !

Michael and I celebrate our 40th anniversary on 18th August, and have always felt G-d brought us together or a life of happiness, service and joy. Now unambiuously affirmed by our island race and churches and meetings.

Posted by Laurence Roberts at Friday, 25 January 2013 at 4:47pm GMT

I suspect that the feel-good factor will be short lived - except for those who enjoy seeing more people loosing their jobs, or being sued, because they are convinced that the marriage of a female and a male is by its very nature blessed, and distinct, when compared to two males or two females.

Posted by RevDave at Friday, 25 January 2013 at 9:44pm GMT

I was once told by a very wise priest that "God is love, and every act of loving is an act of God". Respect for one another is part of that love.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Friday, 25 January 2013 at 11:14pm GMT

Wow! 56 pages! Compare Canada's equivalent legislation: http://canlii.ca/en/ca/laws/stat/sc-2005-c-33/latest/sc-2005-c-33.html

Posted by Alan T Perry at Saturday, 26 January 2013 at 12:08am GMT

"I suspect that the feel-good factor will be short lived - except for those who enjoy seeing more people loosing their jobs, or being sued, because they are convinced that the marriage of a female and a male is by its very nature blessed, and distinct, when compared to two males or two females."

And I suspect that if something like that happens, it will be one or two elderly bed and breakfast owners who will get as much public sympathy as some Southern USA motel owners in 1965 who, despite the Civil Rights Act, still refused rooms to certain people based on a passage in Genesis concerning Noah's sons.

Posted by Counterlight at Saturday, 26 January 2013 at 12:54am GMT

The provision regarding adultery is puzzling. Adultery is to be a ground for divorce for same-sex couples, but is defined as (the word used in the Explanatory Note) 'conduct' with a member of the opposite sex only - in other words the definition of adultery is unchanged but applies to same-sex and different-sex couples alike.

Posted by John Scrivener at Saturday, 26 January 2013 at 10:07am GMT

"I suspect that the feel-good factor will be short lived - except for those who enjoy seeing more people loosing their jobs, or being sued, because they are convinced that the marriage of a female and a male is by its very nature blessed, and distinct, when compared to two males or two females."

People can continue to believe what they like, but is it really too much to expect them to obey the laws of the land? Must we really have sympathy for people who take it upon themselves to decide which laws to respect and which ones to disregard?

Posted by Erika Baker at Saturday, 26 January 2013 at 10:26am GMT

"I suspect that the feel-good factor will be short lived"

RevDave, when trying to analogize the Joy of HEAVEN, the author of Revelation reaches for a ***WEDDING*** ("the marriage feast of The Lamb"). Do you really sell marital bliss that short? Even if it's not the wedding *you* have in mind?

Posted by JCF at Saturday, 26 January 2013 at 8:50pm GMT
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