The first is that the Court would need to go against its own clear precedent that countries have wide discretion in the matter of same-sex marriage. It is perfectly possible to make the argument that, as a particular religion understands it, marriage can only be between a man and a woman.
And let us never be afraid to challenge those who bring dishonour to the cause of Christ.
Friend the Member for Rhondda has since celebrated his own civil partnership as a result of that Bill. All hon. I had the privilege of chairing Committee proceedings on the Civil Partnership Bill. Gentleman makes a powerful point, which shows that views on this matter do not follow party lines or lines of membership of a particular religious institution, but are far more nuanced than that.
Before I leave the question of the locks, let me be clear that we think that the Government have done their best in these, given their intention to introduce same-sex marriage.
As we all take this historic step, we should remember that 70 years ago thousands of gay men and lesbian same sex marriage bible says about love in Chesterfield were put to death in the concentration camps, 40 years ago thousands more were criminalised and had their lives ruined, and 30 years ago people were still being subjected to scientific torment in search of a cure.
As I understand it, the Roman Catholic Church does not, and nor do a number of other faith groups, including the Muslim faith. I urge the House to vote in favour of the Bill. Yet this is the grave and perilous situation which Northern Ireland is faced with today as politicians at Westminster seek to enforce godless policies of abortion and same-sex marriage on our country.
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God?
Freedom of religion is rightly protected in the Bill, as the Minister set out. Members who are thinking of abstaining to vote against it. I also commend the considerable thoughtfulness and integrity with which she put her points today.
What proportion of the Muslim community responded to the consultation? We discriminated against women, we discriminated against Catholics, we discriminated against people from ethnic minorities, but very gradually and not always completely but perceptibly, this House has passed legislation to remove such discrimination.
There is no requirement for consummation in the Bill because the definition of marriage and the definition of sex is for ordinary and complete sex to have taken place.