This report about the tragic divisions in the Conservative party over Gay Marriage has some comments that suggest there is no way we can put forward a convincing opposing case from orthodox Christianity. Many people, perhaps young people, who have no particular religious affiliation, along with many Anglican liberals are arguing that Gay Marriage is a "right". Of course, they build this on the traditional teaching that Marriage is a human right. Because homosexual relations are now considered "normal", they must be considered "equal" and so the orthodox Christian argument is seen as "bigoted" and homophobic. There seems to be little room for dialogue in this especially since some Christians are now publicly stating that they believe in Gay Marriage. Numbered among these, interestingly, are some women priests.
We know that whatever happens to the Conservative vote, Labour and Lib Dem MPs will vote in favour. This means that Gay Marriage will eventually become law. Then we will see just how far the U.K. Government can resist the European Court when cases are taken there alleging discrimination in Catholic churches. The so-called "opt-out" for religious bodies will be meaningless. All such clauses come to nothing in the end because on the street, in reality and behind closed doors, no one takes them seriously. We can therefore expect religious persecution to arrive in a few years. Personally I am ready.