Barrie Drewitt-Barlow is suing the Church of England because he cannot have his gay wedding ceremony performed by a local church:
Wealthy gay dad, Barrie Drewitt-Barlow, says he and his civil partner Tony will go to court to force churches to host gay weddings.
He told the Essex Chronicle that he will take legal action because “I am still not getting what I want”.
A Government Bill legalising gay marriage passed Parliament recently but it included measures to protect churches from being forced to perform same-sex weddings.
Mr Drewitt-Barlow said: “The only way forward for us now is to make a challenge in the courts against the church.
“It is a shame that we are forced to take Christians into a court to get them to recognise us.”
He added: “It upsets me because I want it so much – a big lavish ceremony, the whole works, I just don’t think it is going to happen straight away.
“As much as people are saying this is a good thing I am still not getting what I want.”
It has long been argued by folks like Eric Metaxas that gay marriage was a religious liberty issue. It is becoming clear that he, and those who agreed with him, were prescient. Regardless of one's position on gay marriage, the debate is not going away anytime soon. There are those who are unsatisfied with just the state's approval of gay marriage, and will try to force religious institutions to lend their approval as well. Our founding fathers were quite concerned with the freedom of conscience. If this couple's lawsuit in the UK reaches their desired conclusion, it will set a dangerous example for like-minded activists over here. It does appear inevitable that gay rights and religious liberties are on a collision course in the foreseeable future.
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