Thursday, March 1, 2012

Archbishop: Law should not redefine marriage

From The Christian Institute-

Marriage should not be redefined in law, the Archbishop of Canterbury warned yesterday in a speech about human rights.

Dr Rowan Williams said that some religious communities “feel that alien cultural standards are somehow being imposed – particularly in regard to inherited views of marriage and family.”

He added: “If it is said, for example, that a failure to legalise assisted suicide – or indeed same-sex marriage – perpetuates stigma or marginalisation for some people, the reply must be, I believe, that issues like stigma and marginalisation have to be addressed at the level of culture rather than law.”


He also said there is “anxiety that law is being used proactively to change culture – one of the chief anxieties of some religious people faced with developments in the application of rights.”

And he said that while law has a role to play in advancing rights “this falls short of a legal charter to promote change in institutions, even in language”.

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