This one’s short because we stayed out late to go to a baseball game. Our boys gave up three runs at the top of the ninth and couldn’t recover. I think they’re 8 and 24 now. Oy. Anyway, on with the countdown.
On Monday, Britain’s same sex marriage bill was approved by the House of Lords after an approval by a large majority in the House of Commons back in February. Now it’s headed back there for some small revisions before becoming law.
The bill will enable gay couples to get married in both civil and religious ceremonies in England and Wales, though the Church of England, which is divided on the issue, is barred from offering same-sex ceremonies.
So even though they dropped their opposition to it last month, they’re not going to participate by offering services. (Kind of funny, considering the contentious origins of the CoE). In any case, it sounds like Britain has a similar policy surrounding the participation of religious institutions as we do, in that it’s optional but not compulsory.
So, congratulations to England and Wales, for being the most recent countries to approve same sex marriage. It’s my understanding that Scotland introduced a bill last month that would do the same, but I haven’t heard any more on its progress.