16 Jul 2008

Registrars in glass houses......

Lillian Ladele, the Islington registrar refused to register same sex civil registered partnerships because she believes that Gods Law says that a union should be between a man and a woman for a life. I wonder how many heterosexual divorcees she registered. In the evidence given to the tribunal, one of her duties included renewal of vows. I know many heterosexual couples who renew their vows because one of them has strayed. I doubt Ladele took the trouble to ask them why and if the answer had been adultery, it is unlikely that she would have refused to renew their vows.

And now it is reported that Ladele herself has had a child out of wedlock. I am sure that I read somewhere that orthodox Christian views are against sex outside marriage.

UNISON advises that no legal precedent has been established by the tribunal ruling. Other cases have had different outcomes. A Christian magistrate sought the right to opt out of family cases that could result in children being placed with same sex couples. He lost his claim. A local government worker who claimed religious discrimination when he was sacked for distributing homophobic leaflets of bible quotes in the workplace also lost his case

Thank God that Islington are appealing! Diane Abbott MP has tabled an Early Day Motion calling on the Government to clarify or amend the law, if the appeal fails. You can call on your MP to add their name to the Early Day Motion, number 2039.

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