Roy Hunter wrote:We legalised and equalised same-sex marriage, but in the usual political fudge we gave an exemption to religions who disapprove of homosexuality. They do not have to treat same-sex couples the same as mixed-sex, and can refuse to marry them.
In this country it is against the law for an organisation to discriminate on the basis of sexuality or sexual identity. Unless you are a religion, it appears.
Seeing as Pastafarianism is an egalitarian religion, which treats men, women, straights, gays, lesbians, trans, whatever as equal, I would like to ask for an exemption from the religious exemption. I want us to be obliged to treat same-sex couples the same as mixed-sex couples.
I don't want Pastafarianism to be associated with bigoted and homophobic religions.
Almighty Doer of Stuff wrote:No comprende...?
A shorter version:
Marriage in the UK is legally determined by a marriage certificate.
All civil courts/registry offices are obliged to marry people, no matter if their genitalia match or not.
All churches are expected to marry members of their congregation. Certain religious groups object to this and insist on their right to be bigots (to the extent that the catholic church in the UK threatened to shut down childrens' homes rather than be forced to let gay couples adopt).
Roy is suggesting the church of the FSM be exempt from the exemption and we should be made to follow the law of the land as it applies to all secular people.
Personally I can't see a religion getting anywhere if we don't start making arbitrary restrictions and hate figures. I nominate stringy cheese as unclean and people that stand in front of train doors as infidels.