I wonder if Lord Carey, the former archbiship of Canterbury, honestly believes that the passage of same-sex marriage legislation in England could lead to “sibling marriage” and “polygamy.” A BBC article has this today: (Lord Carey) says he does not want to be “alarmist”, but (same-sex marriage) could logically be extended to “say, two sisters bringing up children together” or “multiple relationships, such as two women and one man”. “Ultimately, the proposed legalisation of same-sex marriage represents a paradigm shift in our understanding of marriage.”
I can’t see it, personally speaking. And I’m not sure how he comes to these conclusions, or if it is just a red herring. It’s not even worth debating. And that seems to be the response of others in Britain. Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill reportedly shrugged off Lord Carey’s comments with this: “This is regrettably hyperbolic shroud waving. We pray other peers will be a little more attuned to the 21st century during next week’s debate.” Others simply refused to comment about it at all.
As for the debate on same-sex marriage legislation in the House of Lords next week, it’s not looking good for passage. How sad it would be if England took a step backward into the Dark Ages while its greatest ally, the United States, is moving forward on the issue of civil rights and marriage equality.
Meanwhile, I am so proud of my own country, Canada, for resolving the issue, legalizing same-sex marriage and proving to the rest of the world that it doesn’t detract from heterosexual marriage one bit. And the sky hasn’t fallen here.
O Canada, glorious and free . . .
It is important for couples of same sex that want to spend their life together are shown the same respect and understanding (by both society and church) that heterosexual couples enjoy. If wanting to get religious, in the eyes of the Lord, we are all equal. Logically then, it is irrelevant whether you are gay or not. Time to move on-celebrate life and the joy of being together. PS. I’m happily married heterosexual but want my two daughters to grow up in a tolerant society based on mutual respect and tolerance. This is theoretically possible in Canada though I have friends who clearly are gay but cannot “come out of the closet” or even dream of starting a family due to present lack of acceptance so I think we still have a long way to go.
Well said. Thank you for this.
Would legalizing consensual polygamist marriages detract from conjugal, (husband and wife) marriage, or same sex marriage? Is that not a human rights issue as well? It seems strange that some SSM supporters wish to draw the proverbial line in the sand at same sex marriage, and are unwilling to accept plural marriage, which is as old as monogamous marriage.
Alarmist. Especially for “siblings”. As for poly, I wouldn’t mind seeing that be legalized (with of course boundaries etc etc) as there are already more and more poly relationships out there. At the ALCC/CCVA it is our best attended group even! So there is argument for at least looking into that at some point (at least “decriminalizing” it in most countries (and including Canada! Did you know that under Canadian law that if say three roommates live together for a year, that is actually considered poly and illegal and punishable?)