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Good Luck At The Pearly Gates, Dudes

“Cardinal Keith O’Brien never seems able to shut up about his despair at other people’s happiness, calling the idea of same-sex marriage a “grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right”. Which presumably makes us same-sex couples sub-human?”

Nice frock...

Nice frock…

A flashback to July 25th 2012 from Josef Church-Woods

Today is a happy day. Not just because the sun is shining and my sister Tina and brother-in-law Stefan are about to arrive in Edinburgh from Sweden – although that is worth putting the bubbly on ice for in itself! (Check!)

Today is also the day that the Scottish Government announced its intention to honour its commitment to same-sex marriage equality, after extensive consultation. In Scotland, this means civil marriage and religious marriage. So if the legislation goes ahead as planned, gay (and other same-sex) couples who have a faith will be able to have their commitment to – and love for – each other recognised not only by the law, but by a willing religious organisation.

Although personally I would rather tattoo a penis on my forehead than get married under any kind of religious circumstances, this is hugely significant and a big step forward where equality in general is concerned. Aside from the fact that there are lots of religious, gay people out there who want the opportunity to get married like anyone else, there are also lots of religious organisations who want the ability to wed same-sex couples in accordance with the customs of their faith – something the the law currently prohibits.

And on a related note, there are of course lots of very vocal religious organisations in Scotland – most notably the Catholic Church – who do not believe that marriage is for same-sex couples. The good news for them is that the Scottish Government has also committed to making provisions for their views, supporting their right to remain in the Dark Ages and protecting their particular brand of religious conviction.

You’d think it’s a win-win situation.

But for the Catholic Church, the Church of Scotland and anti-abortion campaigners, the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, among many others, the notion that their religious and moral beliefs are no longer to be enforced on society as a whole, seems a very bitter pill to swallow.

Apparently, it’s not enough that their organisations and congregations are protected from the evils of same-sex unions. Everyone else – including the law – has to agree with their static and absolute (yet conveniently 20th Century) definition of marriage.

Cardinal Keith O’Brien never seems able to shut up about his despair at other people’s happiness, calling the idea of same-sex marriage a “grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right”. Which presumably makes us same-sex couples sub-human?

Similarly, the new Archbishop of GlasgowPhilip Tartaglia, who recently suggested that the death of 44-year-old MP David Cairns (from pancreatic cancer) was somehow brought on by his homosexuality, has warned the Scottish government of a “serious chill” in their relationship with the Catholic Church. Blackmail springs to mind.

The Catholic Church has even gone as far as to claim that “policies which undermine the family threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself”. Here, ‘the family’ has no room for gay people – and it stands to reason that same-sex couples wanting to form their own families is the beginning of the end for mankind.

Well, in your FACE religious and moral bigots. Not only have you proven to everyone that you believe free will and religious conscience should apply exclusively to people who subscribe to your outdated rule book. You have also – yet again – shown your true colours, in a hysterical display of mean-spirited and uncharitable attitudes and behaviours.

Good luck at the pearly gates, dudes…I can’t wait to see the looks on your faces when Jesus chases you out of heaven with a big, gay stick!

In the mean time, I’m off to get me some ice cold cava with my sister and brother-in-law…who knows, maybe I’ll even start planning a huge, homosexual wedding. Just for the hell of it.

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