The Christian Post reported that on August 21, 2011, Mike Weatherley, a MP [Member of Parliament] for Hove, wrote a letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron saying, "As long as religious groups can refuse to preside over ceremonies for same-sex couples, there will be inequality."
In 2004, The United Kingdom passed laws legalizing same-sex unions, but churches were not required to participate in these unions. In 2010, the Conservative - Liberal Democrat Coalition proposed an amendment to those laws which allowed places of worship to "opt-in" to register same-sex ceremonies, something that MP Weatherley called a "messy compromise."
But that is not all that MP Weatherley had to say. He [and he is not alone in the British Parliament] said that churches should be "compelled" to register civil partnerships, the same way the Parliament "compelled" 11 Catholic adoption agencies to provide adoption services to same-sex couples.
Incidentally, some of those adoption agencies had to shut down based on conviction.
So much for freedom in a democratic society. What a shame western civilization as we know it is going down the tubes!!
Consider with me this deep, slippery slope:
Initially, homosexual lobbyist groups said, "All we want is to be left alone."
Then, a few years later, they said, "We just want our lifestyle to be accepted."
Not long after that it was, "We want our lifestyle to be legally recognized as a civil union."
And finally it went all the way to, "We want nothing less than marriage," which, since creation, has been defined and accepted as a sacred institution between a man and a woman.
Now, in England at least, they are demanding that churches be "compelled" to do that which is contrary to their deeply held convictions. I guess the homosexual lobbyists' attitudes are, "Forget their consciences and their biblical teaching and belief system."
Soon they will demand [and some of them already have] that we teach children to uphold homosexuality as a virtue.
In America, we are watching the breathtaking success of homosexual lobbyists as they intimidate well-known evangelical mega-church pastors into apologizing for their former, but now defunct, biblical conviction on the issue.