Charles Moore seems to be the perfect storm of right-wing, religious opinion
According to the “public sector equality duty”, all acts and institutions of government must enforce Equality in all its various “strands”. (There are seven of them, and “gender reassignment” is given the same status as “religion”.) So if same-sex marriage is permitted by law, opposition to it will become a form of discrimination against sexual orientation (one of the seven strands).
Yes Charles… and the problem with that is what? Of course gender reassignment is given the same status as religion. If anything, religion is more of a choice than what you feel your gender to be. Of course, you have neither the experience nor the desire to understand this.
The Government says until it is blue – or rather, pink – in the face that conscientious objections to same-sex marriage will be protected..
Oh ha ha ha. Very clever Charles…
By accident, then, the Government is introducing, for the first time, a definition of marriage which has no sexual element. Yet it refuses to face the logical consequence of this surprising innovation. If sexual intercourse is not part of the definition of same-sex marriage, why should blamelessly cohabiting sisters not marry one another in order to avoid inheritance tax? Why should father not marry son? Why shouldn’t heterosexual bachelor chum marry heterosexual bachelor chum? What, come to think about it, is so great about the idea of monogamy, once sex and children are removed from the equation? Does the word “marriage” any longer contain much meaning?
You see, Charles, there’s this little thing called love, which despite your obsession with genitalia, is what marriage is actually about.
Respectable people are truly terrified of being thought anti-homosexual. In a way, they are right to be, because attacking people for their personal preferences can be a nasty thing.
Homosexuality is not a personal preference. Religion is.
But here’s the good news: most people my age will outlive people like Charles (I’m 33, he’s 56). So, at worst, we’ll just have to wait another 20 years before we can start making progress. Or maybe that’s not good news. Equality would be rather nice now, don’t you think?
PS. It does not surprise me to learn that Charles Moore is the official biographer of Margaret Thatcher.