An article in the March 15 issue of Britain’s “The Daily Mail” reported that all gender-specific words would be removed from Britain’s official documents as part of their same-sex reforms.
Words such as “bride”, “groom”, “husband” and “wife” would all be stricken from official records. The word “spouses” and “partners” will be used instead.
These reforms were promised by the Prime Minister David Cameron, a member of Britain’s conservative party. These reforms were to apply to civil marriages while a different category – religious marriage – will be reserved for marriages between heterosexual couples.
The cost of the changes is expected to be in the millions.
The Church of England as well as other religious groups has weighed in about the change saying that it is a perversion of the intent of the law.
But Home Office Minister Lynne Featherstone, a member of the Liberal party, warned religious leaders not to ‘fan the flames of homophobia’ with ‘inflammatory’ language. (Featherstone has “Equalities” as part of her portfolio).
The Roman Catholic bishops of England and Wales said in a statement: ‘It is alarming to note that children are not mentioned at any stage in this consultation document about marriage.’
But Miss Featherstone said yesterday: ‘I believe that if a couple love each other and want to commit to a life together, they should have the option of a civil marriage, whatever their gender.
Such love provides no moral basis for rationalizing the rightness of homosexual relationships. Permanent homosexual relationships are no more moral than are impermanent homosexual relationships; for all their emphasis on the ideal of constancy, they nonetheless preserve constancy in a context of moral wrong.
To rewrite biblical ethics in this way perverts the Scripture at many points, and accommodates a new morality that is antithetical to Biblical, Christian beliefs.
The Bible consistently tells us that homosexual activity is a sin (Genesis 19:1–13; Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Romans 1:26–27; 1 Corinthians 6:9). Romans 1:26–27 teaches specifically that homosexuality is a result of denying and disobeying God.
When people continue in sin and unbelief, God “gives them over” to even more wicked and depraved sin in order to show them the futility and hopelessness of life apart from God. 1 Corinthians 6:9 proclaims that homosexual “offenders” will not inherit the kingdom of God.
For a government to condone that activity is an abomination in and of itself and encourages those who would, “parade iniquity with cords of falsehood, [and] who draw sin along as with a cart rope;” (Isaiah 5:18, ISV)