But a further 28% of voters thought that gay people should be allowed to get married to each other and religious organisations should be required to provide wedding ceremonies to gay people.
That’s what the problem is. Someone wants to start the “Catholic Church which provides gay marriages despite Il Papa“?
Go for it. Have fun.
Someone wants to insist that the current Catholic Church, which does indeed see Il Papa as Christ’s personal rep here on Earth, must provide gay marriage?
Sorry matey, fuck off.
And therein lies the problem. For once religious gay marriage is allowed then in come all those EU laws about human rights and non-discrimination on the grounds of sexuality and so on.
The correct solution to this is the Portuguese one. There is, as a legally recognised anything at all, only one form of marriage. State marriage. Which is indeed available to any pair of adult human beings in all of the varied and delightful variants of gender, sexuality and genetic makeup.
Religious marriage simply does not exist as far as the State is concerned.
It clearly and obviously exists as far as the churches are concerned: but they are free to make up any damn rules they like about it. And as such they cannot be coerced into offering any form of it that they don’t wish to.
Which is, as the private organisations that they are, the way it should be.
So I’m afraid that I’m against the current gay marriage proposals. What we need to do instead is strip all legal responsibility for marriage from all of the churches. Marriage, by law, is what happens at the registry office. Where you have the party afterwards, who and how you celebrate it, what further promises or statements you make, are entirely up to you.
And do have fun with your liberty and freedom, won’t you?