Scrap marriages and replace them with a variety of civil partnerships, the think-tank Ekklesia said this week.
…the abolition of legal marriage would allow couples to specify the type of legal commitment they wished to make to one another. Under their proposals, couples would still be allowed to marry if they wished but the legal aspect would be removed from the ceremony and they would then have to register their partnership under law in a separate process.
Under existing law, if a couple marries in a Church of England ceremony they are simultaneously legally and religiously married because of its status as the Established Church. But if a couple marries in another denomination or faith a separate act of state is required to legally register the union.
Just think for a second, though Ekklesia is not promoting this, a world without marriage. For a start Asian parents would be a lot more relaxed. So would Asian kids infact. Can you imagine your parents not nagging you about marriage (or maybe for our older readers that is a distant memory)?
I jest of course. Marriage is useful to provide stability to offspring, but more than that I’m not sure about its usefulness. What Ekklesia proposes, to legitimise a variety of unions, seems more useful in today’s society to provide a stable household. What say you folk?
Simon Barrow is part of the think-tank and welcomes the news that the Episcopal Church of USA has elected a woman as its next presiding bishop. Ahhh.. I love liberal religion.
As a side note, I’m off to Europe for a conference rest of this week so the other Picklers will be runnin tings.
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