Celebrity Suggests "Homophobic" Clergy Should be Jailed

Country: United Kingdom

Date of incident: March 12, 2012

The celebrity singer Will Young has suggested that clergy should be put in jail for speaking out too strongly against same-sex marriage.

In a discussion on legalising same-sex marriage on BBC’s ‘Question Time’ last week, the gay singer expressed his conviction that criticism of the Government’s plans was ‘homophobic’. As Daily Mail Columnist Janice Atkinson voiced fears that religious leaders opposed to carrying out the ceremony at their places of worship might be accused of “hate crimes” and face imprisonment, Young energetically shouted “Yes!”

Church of England lawyers have raised concerns that the introduction of same-sex marriage could lead to vicars being sued under equality legislation if they refused to marry same-sex couples.

Janice Atkinson, who is not religious, voiced her fears about this on the programme: “In this country we also have something called a hate crime. If this goes through, what happens to those imams, the priests and the vicars, if they turn around and say no, this is wrong? This is abhorrent? ... then they could be called into a police station,” she said.
To which Young replied “Yes, rightfully so!”