Gay dads campaign for church wedding

First published in News

BRITAIN’S first gay surrogate parents have launched a legal challenge to the Church of England’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Barrie Drewitt-Barlow, 44, who runs the Maldon-based British Surrogacy Centre with partner Tony, hoped to get married in his local church, St John the Baptist, in Danbury.

Practising Christian Mr Drewitt-Barlow said the new law did not offer what he had been campaigning for and he had now begun a legal challenge.

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill was given Royal Assent last month after winning cross-party support.

However, under the terms of the Act, religious organisations have to opt in to offer weddings.

The Church of England and the Church of Wales are not offering weddings.

Mr Drewitt-Barlow, who has been in a civil partnership since 2006, said: “We’ve launched a challenge to the Government’s decision to allow some religious groups to opt out of marrying same-sex couples.

“We feel we have the right as parishioners in our village to utilise the church we attend to get married.”

“It is no reflection on our local church, who have been nothing but supportive towards us.

“We understand their hands are tied by a higher group of people within the church.”

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12:18pm Tue 20 Aug 13

cdevidal says...

What if all churches stopped performing marriage? At least, in the modern sense. Thought-provoking piece: http://www.patheos.c
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What if all churches stopped performing marriage? At least, in the modern sense. Thought-provoking piece: http://www.patheos.c om/Resources/Additio nal-Resources/Church es-Should-Stop-Perfo rming-Marriages-Thom as-Kidd-05-18-2011.h tml cdevidal
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12:19pm Tue 20 Aug 13

cdevidal says...

Oops that broke, try this: http://goo.gl/nnKRBn
Oops that broke, try this: http://goo.gl/nnKRBn cdevidal
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8:17pm Wed 28 Aug 13

Hugh Oxford says...

This pair of men are straight from the bowels of hell.
This pair of men are straight from the bowels of hell. Hugh Oxford
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1:49pm Sun 1 Sep 13

not another user name says...

What so many non Christians fail to realise is that at a Church wedding the minister pronounces God's blessing on the marriage. If, as most bible believing Christians do, the minister believes that God does not bless the union of man and man or woman and woman, he cannot hold a marriage service for 'gay' couples.
Anyone who expects someone who is put in a job, by a boss, and then does something that he knows his boss tells him not to, is asking rather a lot of someone, yet this is what gays are asking church ministers to do.
If people have no Christian belief then why do they want God's blessing on their union?
What so many non Christians fail to realise is that at a Church wedding the minister pronounces God's blessing on the marriage. If, as most bible believing Christians do, the minister believes that God does not bless the union of man and man or woman and woman, he cannot hold a marriage service for 'gay' couples. Anyone who expects someone who is put in a job, by a boss, and then does something that he knows his boss tells him not to, is asking rather a lot of someone, yet this is what gays are asking church ministers to do. If people have no Christian belief then why do they want God's blessing on their union? not another user name
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