News of Note: “Gay Couple Believes That British Gay Marriage Bill Doesn’t Go Far Enough. Plans To Sue British Churches Who Refuse to Host Gay Weddings” (UPDATED: Gay Couple Is Planning to Sue Churches Because They Claim To Be Christians)

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1. Gay couple plans to sue British churches who refuse gay weddings (UPDATED: 8/2)

“Gay dads set to sue over church same-sex marriage opt-out” – The Essex Chronicle reports that gay couple planning to sue churches over gay marriage op-out are Christians. (The Essex Chronicle)

“We are happy for gay marriage to be recognised – in that sense it is a big step. But it is actually a small step because it is something we still cannot actually do. “We need to convince the church that it is the right thing for our community for them to recognise as practising Christians. “I am a Christian – a practising Christian – my children have all been brought up as Christians and are part of the local parish church in Danbury. “I want to go into my church and marry my husband. “If I was a Sikh I could get married at the Gurdwara, liberal Jews can marry in the Synagogue – just not the Christians. “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.” – Barrie Drewitt-Barlow, The Essex Chronicle

“Let’s Just Sue Them Into Submission” – Bill Muehlenberg’s post on gay couple’s plan to sue British churches over gay marriage opt-out. (Culture Watch)

“Gay couple to sue church over gay marriage opt-out” – Gay couple plans to sue British churches who refuse to host gay weddings. (The Christian Institute)

“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.” – The Christian Institute

2. “A Key Sign that You Are Maturing as a Preacher” – Michael J. Kruger gives a key sign to show that you are maturing as a preacher. (canon fodder)

3. “Why Millennials Are Coming to Church” – Joe Thorn interviews two couples attending his church to find out the reasons why they are coming to church. (JoeThorn)

“In my experience the millennials who have found a home at Redeemer are not interested in a Sunday spectacle, but a church. They want truth, even when it’s hard. They want to know and be known by others, even when it’s hard. They want the care and protection the church offers her people, and they want to contribute. We definitely aren’t the cool church in town. Our building is busted. Our worship space is puritan-plain. We are Southern Baptist (definitely not cool up here), complementation, Reformed. There is a lot about is that is uncool in many ways–at least to many outsiders. But Jesus is here, and his people are amazing.” – Joe Thorn

4. “Walking The Line Between Westboro Baptist and Rob Bell” – Stephen Altrogge gives some helpful suggestions on how to present the Gospel to different people. (The Blazing Center)

5. “Killing babies no different from abortion, experts say” – Article in Journal of Medical Ethics affiliated with Oxford states that ‘. . newborn babies are not “actual persons” and do not have a “moral right to life”. The academics also argue that parents should be able to have their baby killed if it turns out to be disabled when it is born.’ – Telegraph U.K. (Telegraph U.K.)

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3 thoughts on “News of Note: “Gay Couple Believes That British Gay Marriage Bill Doesn’t Go Far Enough. Plans To Sue British Churches Who Refuse to Host Gay Weddings” (UPDATED: Gay Couple Is Planning to Sue Churches Because They Claim To Be Christians)

  1. Well for the most part Britain is spiritually dead anyway (sadly we are headed there also). I am surprised they need to sue anyone to get married in Britain.

    • @ Gerald: They will be able to according to the new gay marriage bill that will take effect next Spring. What this gay couple wants to do is attack the provision in that bill which allows churches the right to refuse hosting gay weddings at their churches without facing any legal ramifications. That’s why they intend to sue churches who will refuse to host gay weddings once that bill takes effect. I wonder if they will be going after any mosques as well. I seriously doubt it.

      • Thanks for the reply. I understand what you are saying. I was being sarcastic. I understand a little of the condition that Britain is in spiritually. I was sarcastically saying right now they can already get married in just about any church in Britain so why the need to sue?
        I do hope this fails, but even if it does sadly many of the churches have already fallen to this and will preform the ceremony.

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