Nick Clegg has shifted the goalposts on same sex "marriage" - Just like that!
In an interview for yesterday's Evening Standard (We should allow gay weddings in church) the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has said that Churches that wish to conduct same sex "marriages" should be able to do so.
Until now, Churches have received "reassurances" that same sex "marriage" legislation would only apply to civil ceremonies, not to those held in Church. The value of those reassurances is well summarised in the Telegraph article (Nick Clegg backs gay marriage in churches – in break with David Cameron pledge) speaking of Nick Clegg's new move on the subject:
It follows a series of hints from leading Coalition figures that reassurances given to religious groups could be revisited once the plans are on the statute book.In other words, "We lied."
At the moment, Clegg says that Churches would not be forced to conduct same sex "marriages." I leave it to you to work out just how much this latest reassurance is worth.
(There is a poll at the Daily Telegraph article, in which you may wish to particpate.)