by Paul Goodman, Conservative Home
I think that priests in the Church of which I'm a member are going a bit far in comparing David Cameron to Henry VIII
. That sort of language is better confined to the wilder spirits on ConservativeHome threads. But their Daily Telegraph letter today
reminded me of a question put to an MP friend of mine at a surgery – and one that isn't Catholic-specific.
A delegation from a local Church told my friend that it has a church hall which is available for wedding receptions. If same-sex marriage passes into law, it has three options. First, to open it for receptions to same-sex couples, despite the beliefs of their Church. Second, not to do so, and risk a lawsuit. Third, to stop making it available altogether. What should they do?
My friend was stumped, as well he might be. David Cameron is about to propose a measure which he was under no public pressure to introduce, which hasn't been properly thought through, and which will gain him no demonstrable benefit. Which helps to explain why I oppose the same-sex marriage bill
, which will cause the Conservative Party difficulties that are only just beginning…
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