A response to the Pastoral letter from the Bishops of the Church in Wales

Apr 19, 2016 by

by Martin Davie: The Bishops of the Church in Wales have now issued a ‘Pastoral Letter….to all the faithful concerning gay and lesbian Christians’ accompanied by two sets of prayers ‘that may be said with a couple following the Celebration of a Civil Partnership or Civil Marriage.’ What should we make of this letter from a theological perspective? First, the reasons the bishops give for not changing the teaching of the Church in Wales in relation to marriage or permitting ‘the celebration of...

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Why the Queen believed gay marriage shouldn’t be allowed

Mar 7, 2016 by

By Richard Kay and Geoffrey Levy, Mailonline: The Queen did not approve of the legalisation of same-sex marriage, the Daily Mail can reveal today. While in favour of civil partnerships, as a woman of deep Christian faith she took a different view on the legislation allowing same-sex couples to ‘marry’. She expressed her frustration to a friend at the height of the controversy, but admitted she was powerless to intervene, saying: ‘I can only advise and warn.’ The friend said: ‘It was the...

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Unequal Marriage: Either Apply Civil Partnerships Equally or Scrap Them

Feb 5, 2016 by

By Harry Benson, The Marriage Foundation: At the end of last week, a heterosexual couple claimed in the high court that their exclusion from civil partnership was discriminatory. Gay couples who want to legalise their commitment to one another can do it in one of two ways: either through civil partnership or through marriage. Heterosexual couples, on the other hand, have only one choice: marriage. In an age of equality, this doesn’t seem fair, the couple argued. Because of the historical...

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Yes, civil partnership law is deeply unfair – to relatives like me and my sister

Jan 30, 2016 by

by Catherine Utley, Spectator: Try as I might, I find it difficult to feel too sorry for Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld, the cohabiting heterosexual couple who have failed to persuade a High Court judge that the government is wrong to deny them the right to form a civil partnership. Mr Keidan and Ms Steinfeld do not like the ‘patriarchal connotations’ and other cultural baggage which they say are associated with marriage and they do not see why, when same-sex couples can opt for a civil...

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Heterosexual couple lose civil partnership court challenge

Jan 29, 2016 by

From BBC News: A heterosexual couple who want to enter into a civil partnership rather than marry have lost a High Court challenge. Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan, from London, were told in 2014 that they could not enter into a civil partnership because they were not of the same sex, as the law requires. They brought a legal challenge, saying the law discriminated against them. But Mrs Justice Andrews dismissed their claim for judicial review. The couple have said they intend to appeal....

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Judge to rule whether heterosexual couple can be allowed to form civil partnership

Jan 18, 2016 by

By Susie Mesure, Independent: When Charles Keidan tried to pop the question to Rebecca Steinfeld, she cut him off: “I was like, ‘No! I was going to do this!’.” she laughed, remembering how she dropped to one knee during a snowy walk in the French Pyrenees. The pair, who Keidan concedes “proposed to each other”, strive for equality in their relationship. So much so that marriage, with its patriarchal baggage, is out of the question, despite that engagement. Instead, the duo want a civil...

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