One of the biggest opponents of marriage rights for same-sex couples remains constant throughout the world - that of the church. They oftentimes see marriage as something that is the property of religion only and thus their definitions of what is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ are the last word on the subject. They would choose to make marriage a religious practice rather than a right at all, allowed to only those who conform to their spiritual vision.
The newest attack comes from the Church of England. They are in conflict with the English Parliament concerning a debate on whether gay marriage should be permissible in the country. In response to the Parliament’s addressing of the issue, the church has issued a warning. They say that same-sex marriage will force the church out of its role in conducting weddings. According to English law, a church is required to marry couples regardless of their faith. If same-sex marriage is legal, then the church is worried it may be forced into performing same-sex marriages that go against its accepted morals. If they refuse, they fear an attack by the European court of human rights that they will not be able to stand up against. The Church of England currently performs approximately 25 percent of all marriages in the country.
Those in opposition to the church’s opinions say that the law will only deal with civil marriages and that religious leaders have nothing to worry about. The support for gay marriage in the eyes of the English public is positive, meaning that something will have to be done in order to balance both sides of the issue.
I say, let the churches stick to their own views, but don’t try to use that as an excuse to keep same-sex couples from enjoying their own marriages. It wouldn’t take much to clarify the laws and allow the Church of England to opt-out of performing gay marriages based on their ‘moral standards.’ Just don’t try to prevent people’s civil rights from being supported because of some ungrounded fear.