Britain is flouting gay marriage bans in foreign countries
Earlier this year Lyle Shelton, Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby, above, got all huffy when he discovered that gay couples were getting married in the British consulate in Sydney.
Just because Britain has made a decision, doesn’t mean Australia has to follow suit. We’re seeing the negative consequences of the decision that Britain has made in terms of the impacts on the rights and freedoms of other people in the UK, particularly people of faith, so I think it’s up to Australia to make its own decision and not to be swayed by what other nations might do.
Well, its now being reported by the UK-based Christian Institute that more than 200 two hundred same-sex weddings have taken place in British embassies and consulates in countries “where it is illegal” over the last year.
Under the headline “UK embassies bypass local law to host same-sex weddings”, the CI said:
The bypassing of local law is in line with former Prime Minister David Cameron’s 2013 pledge to ‘export’ same-sex marriage abroad.
In countries where marriage is defined as being between one man and one woman, same-sex couples have been allowed to marry under British law – as long as one of the applicants is a UK citizen.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has released data showing there had been 202 same-sex marriages and six civil partnerships between July 1, 2016 and July 6, 2017.
FCO buildings in Australia, Cambodia, China, Cyprus, Germany, Japan, Malta, Mozambique, the Philippines, Serbia, Venezuela and Vietnam were used for the ceremonies.
Earlier this year, the British High Commissioner to Australia was forced to deny that a redefinition of marriage was being subtly pushed on citizens.
Menna Rawlings told the BBC that wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples held at British consulates are simply a “celebration of our own values”.
Writing in May for The Conservative Woman, Colin Hart, Campaign Director of the Coalition for Marriage, said:
The UK High Commission in Australia is without doubt acting in defiance of Australia’s Parliament, which continues to reject the redefinition of marriage. This offensive attempt to meddle with Australian democracy is part of David Cameron’s legacy of exporting same-sex marriage around the world …
What should we expect to see next? Will it be UK embassies providing abortion facilities in Dublin, ‘sex change’ operations in Moscow, or off-licence drinks in Riyadh? Obviously not. On a whole host of other controversial or sensitive issues, in foreign countries with different cultures, Britain would, surely, be much more respectful.