One of the trending topics today is gay marriage, with the BBC giving details of a poll that revealed that 20% of the respondents would not go to a gay marriage. In my opinion, about 20% of people would not go to any kind of marriage. It is typical of the media that the statistic that is trumpeted is the minority who wouldn’t go, not the vast majority who would!
But Catholic Voices, which represents the Catholic Church, said the findings of the survey reflected the reality that people remained “deeply uncomfortable” with being honest about their true feelings on the meaning of marriage. Father Edmund Montgomery, a member of the organisation and a Catholic priest in Greater Manchester, said: “As the Church, we love those seeking a same-sex union, but our love for them requires we tell them the true meaning of marriage, something which that fifth of respondents find difficult but have the integrity to do by turning down the invitation. In our modern culture it is increasingly difficult to have an open debate without being labelled as bigoted or intolerant.”
Having said that, Father Montgomery then lectured us about the rights and wrongs of the state changing the scope of whom can get married, by adding that, as marriage predates “the State”, it should not be the government’s place to change its meaning.” Having explained how difficult it is to have an open debate he then decides all by himself exactly who can’t rewrite the rules, simply to suit his own beliefs! Note too his comment about the refuseniks having difficulty “but have the integrity to do by turning down the invitation”. So the other four-fifths have no integrity? Sorry Father, but that is a paradigm of bigotry and intolerance.