Britain: Christian Registrars Have To Perform Gay Marriages

Written by Andres Ortiz on February 18, 2013

Britain- Christian Registrars Have To Perform Gay MarriagesThanks to the work by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, whose mission is “creating a fairer Britain,” Christian registrars can no longer opt out of gay marriage because they are public officials and not private. Although the commission defends any public official’s opinion on the gay marriage topic, it also denotes that religion is a “qualified right” that the state can tamper with in the right circumstance.

The Government’s same-sex marriage legislation makes it clear that it will not infringe on the religious freedoms of clerics and priests but it does not apply to public registrars. The EHRC notes that there are some exceptions to existing registrars that may be able to opt out as long as their colleagues can perform the ceremony, but this will not be the case for civil registrars employed in the future.

What do you think? Is this an infringement on religious rights?

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Andres Ortiz is the founder of The Saving, a ministry that plays heavy music with heavier Christian content. His new album "David Star", based on the life of David, comes out March 9th, 2014. Follow @andresaving on twitter.