The Government is “faffing around with gay marriage” instead of addressing major injustices in marital law, one of Britain’s leading lawyers has said.
Baroness Butler-Sloss acknowledged that her reservations were partly religious but went beyond the bounds of Christianity Photo: PA
Baroness Butler-Sloss, Britain’s most eminent authority on family law, who retired as president of the High Court Family Division in 2005, said David Cameron’s plans to redefine marriage went against principles established for “millennia”.
In her first public remarks on the subject, she attacked plans which she said would lead to the destruction of the meaning of marriage without giving gay couples any significant new rights.
She claimed that clauses which remove the concept of adultery in same-sex divorces would encourage “immorality”. As a Judge, Lady Butler-Sloss was a prominent supporter of gay couples adopting children. As an independent peer, she supported a landmark Lords amendment lifting the ban on same-sex couples celebrating civil partnerships in churches and other religious buildings.
But she said many of her fellow peers believe that the introduction of same-sex marriage was a “step too far”.
She insisted her intervention should not be seen as homophobic. “I have always spoken in favour of gay relationships and the rights of gay people,” she said. “This does seem to me a different issue and one which attacks marriage.”
SOURCE: The Telegraph