Britain is flouting gay marriage bans in foreign countries

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. 

He said:

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.

In 2014 Gordon Stevenson, left, and Peter Fraser became the first same-sex couple to marry in Australia under UK marriage equality law.

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.

11 responses to “Britain is flouting gay marriage bans in foreign countries”

  1. tom80 says:

    Under the policy, overseas same-sex couples can marry under British law inside UK consulates and embassies, as long as one of the applicants is a British citizen.

  2. Angela_K says:

    “…impacts on the rights and freedoms of other people”Which actually means we can no longer use our religious nonsense and bigotry to stop same sex couples marrying. Good on those couples finding this loophole to get married.

  3. Steve says:

    Whatever you may think of David Cameron’s policies, this was one off the good ones. Bravo I say.

  4. Stuart H. says:

    Since when did the lunatic Christian fringe become an authority on marriage, traditional or otherwise? As I see it, given that slavery was abolished by the 19th century in any civilised country, what they call marriage is itself illegal.
    I’d suggest folk like us who can actually walk without dragging their knuckles could have fun objecting on those grounds every time some CI supporter wants to get married , be it in a church or registry office.

  5. barriejohn says:

    In what way exactly does the union of two people of the same gender “impact on the rights and freedoms of other people in the UK”? I’m mystified!

  6. barriejohn says:

    You don’t need to go all the way to Australia (yes – I know – you could go to Germany). Just book a trip on Norwegian Cruise Lines (very aptly named!):

  7. porko says:

    Lyle Shelton, Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby … what a nasty shitty man … and what a pathetic job.

  8. StephenJP says:

    Ahem…the British Embassy in Riyadh certainly does facilitate the import of spirituous liquors – not just for its own staff, but for other HMG project teams in Saudi Arabia. In the team I was associated with, the code-word was “furniture”: e.g. “This month’s consignment of furniture has arrived”. In addition, many Western communities are housed in their own self-contained compounds, which gives plenty of opportunities for home brewers…but that is a separate story.

    Anyway, good for British consulates worldwide. One of our better recent exports, I think!

  9. Vanity Unfair says:

    “Will it be UK embassies providing …off-licence drinks in Riyadh? Obviously not.”
    This from 1982:

  10. Robster says:

    @Vanity Unfair, thanks so much for putting that up!