Barrie Drewitt, who shot to fame in 1999 when he and another man were named on the birth certificates of children they hold, is vowing to take on churches and work to force them to recognize and affirm homosexual relationships.
In 2006, Drewitt has reportedly donated around £500,000 to groups lobbying for homosexual “marriage.”
“The only way forward for us now is to make a challenge in the courts against the church. It is a shame that we are forced to take Christians into a court to get them to recognize us,” Drewitt told Essex Chronicle. “It upsets me because I want it so much—a big, lavish ceremony, the whole works. I just don’t think it is going to happen straight away. As much as people are saying this is a good thing, I am still not getting what I want.”
Last year, the Church of England warned that the government’s plans to redefine marriage could trigger legal problems and end the 500-year link between church and state.
According to The Christian Institute, a nondenominational Christian charity in the U.K., a leading lawyer cautioned that the plans left the Church of England open to legal challenge in January of this year. “The Prime Minister was sent a copy of the legal opinion by Lord Carey, a former Archbishop of Canterbury,” the charity stated.
In June 2012 Crispin Blunt MP, who was then a Justice Minister, admitted that the government’s plans could lead to legal issues, stating that the government is “seeking to protect, indeed, proscribe religious organizations from offering gay marriage,” but he continued: “That may be problematic legally.”
Queen Elizabeth II gave her royal assent to homosexual “marriage” earlier this month, the day after the bill cleared in England and Wales.