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CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The British government’s promise that no religious organization will be forced to conduct same-sex weddings following the passage of a gay marriage bill may soon be tested.
Barrie Drewitt-Barlow, 42, and his partner, Tony, 49 — millionaires who run a surrogacy company in Britain and the U.S. — have been a high-profile couple since 1999 when they became the first gay couple to be named on the birth certificate of their child.
While planning for a sixth, they told the Daily Mail they plan to sue the Church of England to get married there.
“I want to go to my church and marry my husband,” said Drewitt-Barlow in an interview published Friday (Aug. 2). “It is a shame that we are forced to take Christians into a court to get them to recognize us.”
Referring to the legislation that received the queen’s approval last month he said: “The only way forward for us now is to make a challenge in the courts against the Church.”
The couple own a company based in Essex called the British Surrogacy Centre. It recently opened a branch in Los Angeles.
The new law stipulates that no religious denomination will be forced to carry out such services.
But that’s not good enough for the couple.
“We need to convince the church that it is the right thing for our community for them to recognize us as practicing Christians,” said Drewitt-Barlow.
“It upsets me because I want it so much — a big lavish ceremony, the whole works. I am a Christian — a practicing Christian — my children have all been brought up as Christians and are part of the local parish church in Danbury.”
originally posted by: matafuchs
a reply to: Gryphon66
Hey, better than selling it, paying to make it twice and then paying someone 3 times the amount to serve it. That is the Federal government right now.
originally posted by: Nickisup13
a reply to: TheBulk
Trump plans to overturn marriage equality. So no he doesn't support gays.
originally posted by: Deaf Alien
The traditional values have not been changed.
And Christians do not own the word marriage.