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Here is an article in the Telegraph (UK) concerning the UKIP Leader’s interview on gay rights and marriage.  It is stated:

Nigel Farage, the Ukip leader, has said that the traditional Christian wedding ceremony should be stripped of its legal status.

Mr Farage suggested that couples who want to wed in church should have to undertake two ceremonies, one recognised by the state and one a religious ceremony.

He also said he would not abolish same-sex marriage, despite having campaigned forcefully against the bill before it came into law.


He said: “We propose an augmentation of the civil partnership awarding it equal status to marriage and enabling it to be available to all. We would rather the legal and religious endorsements of wedlock are separate.”

He also said that Ukip could oppose foreign aid to countries which have poor records on human rights for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people.


It states: “We believe that the Government must not take this step too far and risk the grave harm of undermining the rights of Churches and faiths to decide for themselves who they will and will not marry.

Now Sandy’s postulation on gay marriage (I borrowed from Prof. Jonathan Turley and Ron Paul) is simple:  Take the word “marriage” out of the Virginia Code and replace it with “civil union”; there would be a transitional clause saying the word marriage in prior decisions is equal with the new word “civil union”.  Also make it clear:  Gay people can divorce using the existing system.  Let the churches define marriage as they see fit as it should be in a constitutional libertarian Republic.  That is essentially what Farage is saying.

The bill is in the Royal Mail, Nigel!  🙂

But the new Farage formulation is right there close to this ideal formulation.  GOP candidates ought to run on this, give a nod against the activist judges who placed us in this mess and move on.  John Bolton is already for gay marriage.  Besides, sovereignty and non-intervention and the restoration of constitutional rights will be key issues in the next election – not gay marriage.


About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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