British Gay Couple to Legally Challenge Church for Not Offering Gay Marriage
Country: United Kingdom
Date of incident: August 2, 2013
Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance
Attack against: Morals
Area of case: Private
A British homosexual couple feels „forced to take Christians into a court to get them to recognise” them. The Marriage Act contains legal provisions to protect churches which chose not to conduct same-sex weddings from being sued.The Telegraph reports: Barrie Drewitt-Barlow, 44, said he and his partner Tony, 49, believe the “only way forward” for them may be to challenge the Church in court for denying them the right to marry.
The couple, who have been in a civil partnership for seven years and have five children through surrogacy, describe themselves as practising Christians who regularly attend their local parish in Danbury, Essex.
Mr Drewitt-Barlow said that while he welcomed the passing of legislation for same-sex marriage, provisions exempting churches from performing the weddings meant they still felt discriminated against.
He told the Essex Chronicle: “It is a shame that we are forced to take Christians into a court to get them to recognise us.”
The Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act, which received royal assent in July 2013, contains a so-called “quadruple lock” of legal provisions designed to protect churches which chose not to conduct same–sex weddings from being sued.