1. dreamfish says

    There’s a very good chance it will get bounced. The European Court of Human Rights, on who’s jurisprudence the decision will be based, has already stated that article 12 doesn’t automatically extend to gay couples.

  2. peterparker says

    When the Reverend Sharon Ferguson appears before cameras asking for the right to marry her partner all the while wearing a priest’s collar and a large crucifix it sends the message that gay people are trying to use the government to force religious organizations to perform marriage ceremonies in their churches/mosques/temples. Never mind that what we seek is not blanket religious approval but rather equality under the law and all the rights accorded to married couples by the government. Most people are either not smart enough and/or not interested enough in the issue to make the distinction. Instead, they come at the issue with a knee jerk reaction, based on the religious indoctrination they received as children. In short, they freak out and declare that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.

    It really is up to us to help them understand that what we seek is the right to a purely legal arrangement, civil marriage, and that allowing gay couples to enter into civil marriages will have no effect on their freedoms to believe and to worship as they see fit. Conflating the imagery of the church with the message that gay people want to obtain civil marriage just confuses the issue and does a disservice to our fight for equality.

  3. ratbastard says

    Fly across the Atlantic to Boston. We speak English [kinda],… and we have legal gay marriage, adoption rights, anti-discrimination laws, the works.

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