"MPs cheered in the House of Commons as it was announced that royal assent had been given to the new Bill, paving the way for the first same-sex weddings next spring.The Queen, who is the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, gave her formal approval to the Bill – one of the most radical pieces of social legislation of her reign – this afternoon.But it marks the end of the centuries-old understanding of marriage as being solely between a man and a woman in the UK.The Roman Catholic Church described it as a “watershed” in English law and said that it marked a “profound social change”.Ben Summerskill chief executive of Stonewall, said the move would “bring joy to tens of thousands of gay couples and their friends and families....”The full report is here
The statement by the Archbishops of Westminster and Southwark following on today's Royal Assent is here
Anglican Mainstream and Thinking Anglicans both have developing links to further comment ...
Now we must wait and see what kind of effect the new legislation will have on both freedom of speech and the employment prospects of those who, for whatever reasons of conscience, cannot approve of it.... and, depressingly, how many of our fellow countrymen will care.
Both in Church and State we are now embarked upon a perilous experiment to prove beyond doubt that a mere numerical concept of 'democracy,' (involving, in both cases, the ruthless manipulation of the majority by a soi-disant social and intellectual elite who effectively control the means of education and communication *) without an accompanying respect either for the rights of religious minorities or the inherited wisdom of the ages, is the enemy of true freedom.
Such is the measure of the decline of our civilisation, and the extinction of any commonly held sense of history, that the past is not just 'another country,' it's another planet...
* Not an advanced case of paranoia, but merely an observation that there are vast swathes of our broadcasting media and our state education system where conservative or traditional views - religious or political - are simply unheard.