700 years of law to be rewritten: same-sex 'marriage' legislation
MPs and Peers are considering sweeping changes to legislation dating back as far as 1285AD to avoid unintended consequences of the Marriage (Same Sex) Couples Act 2013, reports Christian Concern for our Nation.
Meanwhile, a leading lawyer has pointed out that anomalies raised by the new legislation mean that the UK Government must admit that “equalness of same-sex marriage has its limits”.
A draft order to be debated on Tuesday (25th March), outlines amendments to 36 Acts going back to 1859 and an additional 67 pieces of legislation dating back 729 years.
Under the proposals, references to mother, father, husband and wife will be amended, whilst a number of other laws, including the 1351 Treason Act, will be excluded from the new legislation.
This means that while it will remain high treason to have sexual relations with the wife of a future King, this will not be the case where adultery is committed with a King’s same-sex ‘spouse’.
The order makes clear that a man who ‘marries’ a King of Britain cannot not be referred to as Queen, and the same-sex partner of a future Prince of Wales cannot be entitled Princess of Wales.
The amendments, described by critics as a “complete mess”, extend to dukes, earls and other male peers in order to stop same-sex partners from becoming a duchess, countess or lady.
The term “widow” will also be removed or replaced with “surviving spouse” or in some instances with the “woman whose deceased spouse was a man”.
Amendments are even proposed to the Metropolitan Public Carriage Act 1869, which allows cab licenses of deceased husbands to be transferred to their widows by way of a London cab order.
A date has not been set for the debate of a further order which sets out proposals for the provision of fertility treatment for same-sex couples.