ELSEWHERE: Marriage Redefined in the UK

Today, Her Majesty the Queen gave royal assent to legislation redefining marriage as a nongendered institution, allowing same-sex couples to seek recognition of their relationships. The law does not require religious institutions to participate in that recognition. Elizabeth is formally Fidei Defensor - Defender of the Faith – and she is also Supreme Governor of the Church of England. Remarkably, the Church of England is not permitted to consecrate marriage for same-sex couples. Perhaps the UK will serve as a laboratory for those who think no harm comes from redefining marriage civilly while honoring its essence in the church.

About S. L. Whitesell

Lee studies law at the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife Joanna live in Philadelphia.

  • islandbrewer

    Yes, we’ll have to wait and see what same sex marriage does to the UK.

    Oh wait, what about … what was it? The Netherlands, they’ve had SSM for a while now, how has it fared there?

    Or Denmark. And Iceland. And um …. Belgium, Sweden, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Argentina, and France. Oh, and Canada.

    Yes, we certainly have no indication how same sex marriage will change the UK. *queue ominous music*

  • Noah Smith

    Yeah, every time SSM is passed the doomsday clock is always reset. New Zealand has also passed legislation

  • islandbrewer

    My apologies to the Kiwis. I knew I’d forget someone.