From THE MAIL:
The law has no right to legalise same-sex marriage, the Archbishop of Canterbury declared yesterday. Dr Rowan Williams said a new marriage law for gay couples would amount to forcing unwanted change on the rest of the nation.
His remarks yesterday came after Coalition ministers insisted they would go ahead with a same-sex marriage law whatever the churches say. Equality minister Lynne Featherstone said last week the churches did not own marriage law. She added a same-sex marriage law would be ‘about the underlying principles of family, society and personal freedoms’.
COMMENT: Okay, let's get this straight (forgive the pun) once and for all. The extension of marriage to include same sex couples IS NOT A CHANGE. It is an addition. Heterosexual couples, both now and in the future, will experience no difference whatsoever. They will not be forced to "change" anything. On the day after same sex couples are given the freedom to marry under English law, nothing in the lives of anyone, except gay couples and people who work in secular registry offices, will alter in the slightest.
For the Grand Tufti to insist that there will be change where there obviously will be none is a cynical abuse of his status as a national spokesperson. His incorrect use of the English language will whip up fear and hatred among those citizens of England who will, in reality, not be affected at all by the "addition." Quite honestly we "have the right" to expect a lot more accuracy of language from our academics and a lot more honesty and love from our Christian leaders.
A good example of a change in the law that did force unwanted change on others would be the repeal of slavery. The slave owners and most white, southern states Americans, got really pissed off about that one. Following Williams logic, if the persecution of gay people is no different to racism, but gay people should not be allowed the same rights as everybody else, then it was wrong for Lincoln to champion the freeing of the slaves.