Alan Johnson MP: The State Can Sanctify
Blogged by James Preece on 6th February 2013
So, I wrote to my MP... I was tempted not to bother as my MP is Alan Johnson and I've got as much chance of changing his mind on the question of "same sex marriage" as I have of winning the lottery. Twice.
I sent my letter anyway and I got his response...
Dear Mr Preece
Many thanks for your e-mail of 4th February.
I will vote in favour of the Bill as I see no reason why same sex couples shouldn't be able to sanctify their relationship through a civil marriage. I would however strongly object to any encroachment onto religious ceremonies and see the protection of those religions which do not wish to undertake such marriages as being a crucial element of the Bill.
Many thanks for contacting me on this important issue.
Alan Johnson MP
You know that thing in movies where a character looks at something and doesn't seem to notice anything untoward and then then goes "whut?" and looks again. A double take. Well, that.
Sanctify? Did he just say Sanctify?
Set apart as or declare holy; consecrate.
Make legitimate or binding by religious sanction.
I know some people mistake the state for God but this is ridiculous.
A "civil marriage" will be able to a declare a relationship holy? To consecrate it? To give it religious sanction? No matter what genders are involved - that's quite a claim for a secular authority to make.
Still, it wouldn't be the first time...