Same-sex marriage (SSM) & civil unions
Media news during 2007
|2007-JAN-06: Orkney Islands Council cancels gay wedding: Sir Peter
Maxwell Davies, Master of the Queen’s Music, and his long-term partner Colin
Parkinson had planned to be married on the remote Orkney Island of Sanday.
However, the council refused to allow Sanday's registrar to carry out the
ceremony. Sir Peter Davies, a resident of Orkney for 37 years, accused the
council of "downright discrimination" and said:|
"Everybody can get married where they live except me, it seems. Ever
since the law on civil partnerships was brought in, we thought that
finally there was an opportunity to get married and to have a little
celebration. There are all sorts of people we were wanting to invite
from the music world and it would have needed a lot of telephone calls.
Well, if we can’t have it here in the place we live then we don’t want
to do it at all in Orkney; we’ll probably go to London."
He told the Independent newspaper:
"Fundamental [sic] religious people, who delve into the Bible to
justify their hatreds, still hold great sway. That kind of malignant
influence is wrong."
Mr Ridley had been told by council that he could perform the ceremony,
only to have them reverse their decision later. Ridley said:
"It is the law that everybody should be allowed to have a ceremony
whether it is a same-sex partnership or one between a man and a woman.
We are leaving in disgust. It’s such a great shame because Sanday is
such a beautiful place."
There have been 16,000 same-sex weddings in the 12 months since the Civil
Partnership Act came into force in 2005-DEC.
|2007-FEB-22: WY: Anti-SSM bill dies: An
anti-SSM bill, SF 13, failed to pass out of the House Rules Committee. It
would have prevented the state of Wyoming from recognizing same-sex
marriages performed in other states. Massachusetts is the only state in
which same-sex couples can marry at this time. Other Wyoming legislation
defines marriage as the union of one woman and one man. However, it does not
have specific legislation that prohibits the recognition same-sex marriages
solemnized outside the state. 3|
|2007-FEB-21: RI: Attorney General issues
ruling on SSM: In a major development, Attorney General Patrick Lynch
wrote a ruling that covers same-sex couples who are residents of Rhode
Island, go to Massachusetts to marry, and return to their homes. The ruling
states that they are entitled to have their marriages recognized, and they
are to receive the full set of benefits, rights and obligations that
opposite-sex couples routinely receive. More details.|
|2007-JUN-28: Sweden: Legislation planned to
legalize SSM: "Gender neutral" marriage legislation is expected to be
introduced by the Swedish government. Their target date for achieving
marriage equity is 2008-JAN. More details.|
|2007-OCT-10: "Dear Abby" columnist supports
same-sex marriage: Jeanne Phillips, a.k.a. Abigail Van
Buren, who writes the Dear Abby column, is being given an award by
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) because of her support
for same-sex marriage." She told the Associated Press:
"I believe if two people want to commit to each other, God bless 'em.
That is the highest form of commitment, for heaven's sake."
Stephen Bennett is founder of
http://TheParentsGroup.com, a conservative Christian support group for
parents, family members and friends of homosexuals. They appear to recommend
that gays and lesbians lead celibate lives, rather than enter into loving,
committed civil unions or marriages. He commented:
"Sorry 'Dear Abby' - You are WRONG on this one! ... Jeanne Phillips
(aka Abby) is opining a lot about how very little she knows. Her using
buzz words as 'homophobic' and 'inclusive' and 'judgmental' are to scare
people into believing she is 'right.' Homosexual family members need to
be loved and be treated with respect, yet going as far out on a limb as
Phillips did, is showing FALSE love and is actually harmful. We
encourage families to love their 'gay' identified loved ones
unconditionally, yet without ever condoning or accepting the behavior."
|2007-OCT-12/13: Anglican Diocese of Ottawa back same-sex blessings: By a
wide margin (177 to 97) the delegates passed a motion that would allow a
priest, with the prior approval of his parish, to approach the bishop for
permission to perform a blessing of a previously solemnized same-sex civil
marriage where at least one spouse is baptized. This would give the married
couple's parish, their priest, and their bishop separate veto power over the
blessing, so that all three would have to be in agreement. However, the
actual performance of same-sex marriages would still be banned. Because the
Anglican Church is not fully democratic, their Bishop, John Chapman, has
veto power over the resolution. More details.|
- David Lister, "Gay marriage of a royal master hits the buffers," Times
Online, 2007-JAN-06, at:
- Gudrun Schultz, "UK: Orkney Island Officials Won’t Permit 'Celebrity'
Homosexual Civil Union Ceremony," LifeSiteNews.com, 2007-JAN-09, at:
- "Wyoming marriage effort falls short," CitizenLink, Focus on the Family,
- John-Henry Westen, "First She Backs Abortion and Now "Dear Abby" Supports
Homosexual 'Marriage'." LifeSiteNews.com, 2007-OCT-10. at:
Copyright © 2007 by Ontario
Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Latest update: 2007-OCT-10
Author: B.A. Robinson