A knotty problem?
Both the British and Danish gubmints are still getting in a lather about same-sex couples wanting to be ‘married’, often in buildings dedicated to supernatural events.
IMHO the problem arises because Western politicians can’t throw off the mantle of their ancient predecessors for whom entrails (sometimes of animals) had to be read before decisions could be made. In modern parlance the Cabinet has a Holy Insurance Policy issued by the Pascal Wager Company, which invokes forces beyond their understanding whenever a tricky question is posed – like whether a war is just or a marriage allowable.
In fact, while the question of a just war is arrant nonsense, the marriage issue is already solved. Civil partnerships of any persuasion are already legal. End of. If the god-botherers feel the need to bless the couple too, it’s their business, not the gubmint’s, no matter what old Pascal said. The present problem arises because even the church elders can’t agree – not an unusual state of affairs, and the Cabinet is also split.
Let me help them cut the Gordian Knot: simply call the civil partnerships marriages and tell the churches to do whatever they like by way of ritual recognition. As so often they will squabble and become disaffected, all in the name of ….. well, I’m not quite sure.