Law Commission ‘consultation’ on weddings is just another secularist push

Sep 7, 2020 by

By Archbishop Cranmer:

This isn’t a government consultation, though it has the authoritative whiff of one, and many people will doubtless mistakenly believe it to be one, but it is definitely not one: it is only the Law Society, who, having determined a pressing need to “modernise and improve wedding law”, have set out a few proposals which would basically further erode the status of the Church of England.

They have helpfully produced ‘Getting Married: A Consultation Paper on Weddings Law‘, which iterates and reiterates how current wedding laws are “outdated” and “restrictive”, not least because people are routinely denied “a wedding that is meaningful to them”. That’s to say if a couple of humanists want to tie the knot whilst undulating (or vomiting) on the Big Dipper at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, the law currently prohibits them from doing so with the requirement for secular venues to be licensed. This restriction was deemed necessary in order to sustain the dignity and solemnity of the matrimonial service, but now that marriage has been reduced to a secular contract between any consenting parties of either sex or any gender (and number) which can now be nullified without blame within a few months, why not go the whole hog and dismantle the sanctity of the wedding service, as well?

The proposals pave the way for having tacky weddings in people’s homes and, of course, humanist weddings. There is already provision in law for humanist weddings: a civil ceremony may not include prayers or hymns or religious readings, but may incorporate pretentious poetry of the glories of man and waffly secular readings about the wonders of the ethical life. But this isn’t enough for Humanists UK (aka Secularists UK): they want a special provision for humanist ceremonies, so, like in Scotland, they can market themselves as “Humanists UK, the main providers of ‘non religious’ weddings (and funerals)”, and swell their coffers in the process. As the National Secular Society observe: If enacted these reforms would create a more secular and less restrictive system of marriage, giving couples the flexibility and freedom to marry in a way that is meaningful to them.” So they “look forward to responding to the consultation”, along with every other secular-humanist group agitating for ever more secularity, while the Christians sleep in the light.

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See also: Holy Matrimony Is a Public Act with Sacred Significanceby Stephen Noll, Gafcon:

[…] “In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies… This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.” (Eph 5:22-28, 32).

Paul uses the word “mystery” elsewhere to describe the deepest revelations of the Gospel (e.g., Eph 1:9-10; 3:1-10), and hence the Anglican marriage rite speaks of the mystical union of Christ and His church.

Marriage is also a public contract, and most states provide for legal licensing, either by means of the church wedding or a separate action. For Christians, Holy Matrimony is also public, and the church records every marriage, but it is a sacred covenant, ordained by God and not the state.

See all Dr Noll’s Devotionals on the subject of marriage, written specially for Gafcon, here: https://www.gafcon.org/devotion

 

 

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