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Britain introduces same-sex marriage bill

2013-01-25 20:07

London - The British government has introduced a bill legalising same-sex marriage, and says lawmakers will get their first vote on it in Parliament next month.

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, published on Friday, extends marriage to gay couples but excludes clergy in the Church of England - the country's official faith - from having to carry out the ceremonies.

That is intended to placate religious opponents of same-sex unions -though it has not stopped criticism of the bill from religious leaders.

The bill is likely to become law because it is supported by Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron, many of his Cabinet and most Liberal Democrat and Labour lawmakers.

But some traditionalist Conservative lawmakers say they will vote against it. The first debate and vote are scheduled for 5 February.

Comments
  • altusvanzyl - 2013-01-25 21:48

    Eeeeeuuuuuuwww.. Burn them all

      sam.goldberg.988 - 2013-01-25 21:52

      Fabulousness doesn't burn, honey.

      cemslie - 2013-01-25 21:53

      With you first in line i hope!!! Get real u idiot!!!

      Faizal - 2013-01-25 22:21

      The fire has already started up their ar*es.

      altusvanzyl - 2013-01-25 23:01

      Faizel yes. Idiot? Voetsek jou gay gemors. Sies man. Revolting! 2 men having sex.

      SarcasticHeathen - 2013-01-26 11:59

      No one is forcing you to watch them, you know, altie?

  • mawandemhlwempu - 2013-01-25 21:53

    Where is this world going. Men need women, not other men. The prince of tht nation is a pevert. Nxa

  • dunkie56 - 2013-01-25 22:58

    One day Western society will allow father's and daughters to marry or mother's and sons..what the hell marry an animal..do whatever you like!I bet if the UK had a referendum on this bill the general public would reject it outright..now there's food for thought!!!

      mike.boylen - 2013-01-26 09:05

      Read the article Dunkie - the majority of British people are in favour of the law.

      duncan.gill1 - 2013-01-26 09:59

      What....! is it normal to be gay I think not only 10%of the worlds population are gay or so I am led to believe..so to be gay is not 'NORMAL" it never will be so Gay people should stop trying to force their sexuality onto others....those who are pedophiles are very discreet about their preferences ..please God let them come out of their dark holes and declare their needs!Why no pedophile clubs so we can find them and help them,where possible or lock them up and get them away from kids!In the UK is the highest number of single parent families..wonder why..perhaps society in the UK needs to do some serious pondering on the state of the nations mental health..not granting gay marriage rights!

      SarcasticHeathen - 2013-01-26 12:01

      Duncan, they aren't forcing their sexuality on you. And since when is pedophilia a relationship between two consenting adults?

      diana.gill.18 - 2013-01-26 13:20

      Just as you write Duncs, i would love to add in my own 5 cents and tell a story of a woman who accidentally has found out about her husband cheating on her with their own daughter. As a result this lady was forced out of her home by her loving sibling and filed for divorce. Regarding the lovebirds they were left alone to live happily ever after in a sort of civil marriage. The authorities were unable to deal with a matter in any legal way as by the moment of their first sexual encounter this girl was not a minor and everything happened on mutual consent, i. e. she was not raped, rather she was an initiator of that type of relationship. Maybe they also should be allowed to legalize their cohabitation and that way a green light to incest to be given?

      SarcasticHeathen - 2013-01-26 13:51

      The only problem I see with adult incest, is genetic abnormalities. As long as the guy has a vasectomy, or the woman has her tubes tied, i dont see the fuss.

      diana.gill.18 - 2013-01-26 14:13

      After this i do not need further proof that your way of thinking is ... hmm...(trying to be politically correct) weird..

      dunkie56 - 2013-01-26 17:22

      SarcasticHeathen Seems you are living up to your name tag...or perhaps you are serious?Well all can say is... do what you want ..snuggle up to your Alsatian if the need takes you..but don't oh no don't parade your activities on Utube and try and start an organization that promotes your sexual orientations..cause normal people don't feel the need to do this unless it's to try and make money...i.e. porn!Personally intimacy is upheld through privacy..thereby treated with respect ..and definitely not discussed with anyone!So sorry that some feel the need to broadcast their sexuality by cross dressing, engaging in lewd and explicit parades so even the young innocents are witness to something they can't even understand yet!Ban this nonsense it's immoral and disgusting and every self respecting society should pass similar laws!

      SarcasticHeathen - 2013-01-26 19:12

      Dunkie...how does a dog give it's consent? Listen carefully: CONSENTING ADULTS!!!

      dunkie56 - 2013-01-26 19:38

      By licking you and panting excitably...heck you should know why ask me??

      SarcasticHeathen - 2013-01-27 09:24

      Well, when I said "consenting adults", I kind of assumed people would be intelligent enough to see I'm talking about humans...

      mike.boylen - 2013-01-27 18:30

      Dunkie, why is it that when a gay couple want to get married they are "forcing their sexuality" on people or "broadcasting their sexuality"? If this is true, then heterosexuals should stop forcing or broadcasting their sexuality on people and stop getting married also.

  • raymond.mcnelly - 2013-01-25 23:06

    This will be your undoing. It is downhill from here! Mark my words, England will be done for within the next 5 years! Remember my words! When it happens, remember Raymon Mcnelly said it in 2013!

      Faizal - 2013-01-25 23:19

      End of athiesm.the buggers can't procreate.not to worry the muslims and christians will take care of that.leave it to us!

      mike.boylen - 2013-01-26 09:09

      I've never some across so many repressed gays in one place. What is it like to hate yourself so much that you have to project it onto others?

      ryan.holland.395454 - 2013-01-26 12:32

      Mike, It is a true test of ones intellect when you can overcome your own prejudice and show empathy for someone who is different to yourself and view them as equals. Of course there is always the risk that you will be misrepresented as gay or repressed or whatever which makes it a test of courage also. Many intellectuals view the gay basher type with a kind of pity; their primitive minds ruled only by petty emotions and fear. It will be the likes of you who will need protecting in the future. I have never hear a good logical argument against gay marriage. That is why I support it. And you can't give one, which is why you resort to name calling.

      ryan.holland.395454 - 2013-01-26 12:46

      I suppose it's also a test of intellect to read the comment properly first. Sorry Mike, my bad.

  • johnpetrus.msiza - 2013-01-26 14:42

    What does the Bible say about gay marriage / same sex marriage? Answer: While the Bible does address homosexuality, it does not explicitly mention gay marriage/same-sex marriage. It is clear, however, that the Bible condemns homosexuality as an immoral and unnatural sin. Leviticus 18:22 identifies homosexual sex as an abomination, a detestable sin. Romans 1:26-27 declares homosexual desires and actions to be shameful, unnatural, lustful, and indecent. First Corinthians 6:9 states that homosexuals are unrighteous and will not inherit the kingdom of God. Since both homosexual desires and actions are condemned in the Bible, it is clear that homosexuals “marrying” is not God’s will, and would be, in fact, sinful. Whenever the Bible mentions marriage, it is between a male and a female. The first mention of marriage, Genesis 2:24, describes it as a man leaving his parents and being united to his wife. In passages that contain instructions regarding marriage, such as 1 Corinthians 7:2-16 and Ephesians 5:23-33, the Bible clearly identifies marriage as being between a man and a woman. Biblically speaking, marriage is the lifetime union of a man and a woman, primarily for the purpose of building a family and providing a stable environment for that family. The Bible alone, however, does not have to be used to demonstrate this understanding of marriage. The biblical viewpoint of marriage has been the universal understanding of marriage in every human civilization in world history. History argues against gay marriage. Modern secular psychology recognizes that men and women are psychologically and emotionally designed to complement one another. In regard to the family, psychologists contend that a union between a man and woman in which both spouses serve as good gender role models is the best environment in which to raise well-adjusted children. Psychology argues against gay marriage. In nature/physicality, clearly, men and women were designed to “fit” together sexually. With the “natural” purpose of sexual intercourse being procreation, clearly only a sexual relationship between a man and a woman can fulfill this purpose. Nature argues against gay marriage. So, if the Bible, history, psychology, and nature all argue for marriage being between a man and a woman—why is there such a controversy today? Why are those who are opposed to gay marriage/same-sex marriage labeled as hateful, intolerant bigots, no matter how respectfully the opposition is presented? Why is the gay rights movement so aggressively pushing for gay marriage/same-sex marriage when most people, religious and non-religious, are supportive of—or at least far less opposed to—gay couples having all the same legal rights as married couples with some form of civil union? The answer, according to the Bible, is that everyone inherently knows that homosexuality is immoral and unnatural, and the only way to suppress this inherent knowledge is by normalizing homosexuality and attacking any and all opposition to it. The best way to normalize homosexuality is by placing gay marriage/same-sex marriage on an equal plane with traditional opposite-gender marriage. Romans 1:18-32 illustrates this. The truth is known because God has made it plain. The truth is rejected and replaced with a lie. The lie is then promoted and the truth suppressed and attacked. The vehemence and anger expressed by many in the gay rights movement to any who oppose them is, in fact, an indication that they know their position is indefensible. Trying to overcome a weak position by raising your voice is the oldest trick in the debating book. There is perhaps no more accurate description of the modern gay rights agenda than Romans 1:31, “they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless.” To give sanction to gay marriage/same-sex marriage would be to give approval to the homosexual lifestyle, which the Bible clearly and consistently condemns as sinful. Christians should stand firmly against the idea of gay marriage/same-sex marriage. Further, there are strong and logical arguments against gay marriage/same-sex marriage from contexts completely separated from the Bible. One does not have to be an evangelical Christian to recognize that marriage is between a man and a woman. According to the Bible, marriage is ordained by God to be between a man and a woman (Genesis 2:21-24; Matthew 19:4-6). Gay marriage/same-sex marriage is a perversion of the institution of marriage and an offense to the God who created marriage. As Christians, we are not to condone or ignore sin. Rather, we are to share the love of God and the forgiveness of sins that is available to all, including homosexuals, through Jesus Christ. We are to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15) and contend for truth with “gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15). As Christians, when we make a stand for truth and the result is personal attacks, insults, and persecution, we should remember the words of Jesus: “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you” (John 15:18-19). :

      SarcasticHeathen - 2013-01-26 19:17

      You know what else the bible says? Re-marriage after divorce is adultery(one of the ten big no-no's), Jesus' own words (Mark 10:2-12) Women should remain quiet and have babies.(1 Tim 2:11-15)

      dunkie56 - 2013-01-26 19:43

      Amen...!

      mike.boylen - 2013-01-26 21:57

      As soon as you started quoting from Leviticus you rendered your arguement null and void. Christians consistently ignore every single law in Leviticus, yet always drag out the one pertaining to homosexuality. As for the rest - just another Christian using the bible as a weapon to justify his bigotry and hatred. Jesus (whom you believe to have been god himself in human form)was supposedly on earth for about 30 years. There is not a single word attributed to him regarding homosexuality. If it was such an "abomination", surely he would have mentioned it while he was here.

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