One year on: 10 predictions about same-sex marriage that didn’t come true
One year ago, on March 29, 2014 the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act for England and Wales came into force.
Since that time, thousands of same-sex marriage ceremonies have taken place.
However, during the long journey towards equal marriage, we were also warned on countless occasions about the risks and side-effects of allowing gay couples to wed.
From religious conservatives who predicted that faith groups will be forced to conduct same-sex weddings to the former UKIP councillor David Silvester who warned us earlier this year about oncoming “storms, disease, pestilence and war,” many have paused with baited breath about the horrors that might have come.
So how accurate were these predictions? We take a look back at some of the most surreal and bizarre attempts to curb the passing of equal marriage to date:
1. Incest hasn’t been legalised, Lord Norman Tebbit not yet married to his brother
The former Conservative Party chairman Lord Norman Tebbit has discussed the impact of legalising equal marriage, suggesting it could have been extended to family members.
He said: “It’s like one of my colleagues said: we’ve got to make these same-sex marriages available to all. It would lift my worries about inheritance tax because maybe I’d be allowed to marry my son. Why not?
“Why shouldn’t a mother marry her daughter? Why shouldn’t two elderly sisters living together marry each other? I quite fancy my brother!”
Religious organisations in Taiwan have also fought back against equal marriage, claiming that same-sex weddings could have “severe consequences” for the country, leading to adultery and incest.
Chang Chuan-feng, vice president of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, said: “Once same-sex marriage is legalised, there will be more and more homosexual people. In the future, children will receive an education that teaches them homosexuality is fine, which will bring severe consequences.”
2. The skies haven’t opened with freak biblical storms
Former UKIP member David Silvester previously warned us of the vengeful spirit of Old Testament God, as explained in this useful, informative tract:
In his open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron in April 2012, Mr Silvester wrote:”The scriptures make it abundantly clear that a Christian nation that abandons its faith and acts contrary to the Gospel (and in naked breach of a coronation oath) will be beset by natural disasters such as storms, disease, pestilence and war.”
“I wrote to David Cameron in April 2012 to warn him that disasters would accompany the passage of his same sex marriage Bill.”
He added: “Now, even as Cameron sheds crocodile tears on behalf of destitute flooded homeowners, playing at advocate against the very local councils he has made cash-strapped, it is his fault that large swathes of the nation have been afflicted by storms and floods.”
However, contrary to Sylvester’s beliefs, the weather since has been mostly pleasant, with no Biblical-scale disasters. A possible false flag?
3. The fight for the rights of zoophiles hasn’t started
Former Fox News host Todd Starnes has pointed out a shocking link between equal marriage and bestiality, never previously considered.
Last year, he claimed that the legalisation of equal marriage would lead to the legalisation of bestiality.
He said: ”You know it’s interesting because the passage of the Bible that people — that people talk about in regards to, you know, the act of homosexuality, it goes further to talk about that. That men should not lie with beasts. And the women should not do that either. All this kind of stuff.”
She added that PinkNews readers should be sectioned under the Mental Health Act, and used the UKIP forum to brand the gay rights movement a “lunatics charter”.
So far, nothing on this agenda has really picked up, which is a pity.
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