Tony and Barrie Drewitt-Barlow sue the Church of England over gay marriage


From Cranmer


Tony and Barrie Drewitt-Barlow are homosexual, and that is entirely their affair. They are and ought to remain free in their personal beliefs about sexuality, morality and the ordering of creation.


They are both practising Christians, and this is also a good thing. As Pope Francis recently said, “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”


In 1999 they became the first British same-sex couple to be named on their children’s birth certificates, which was very nice for them.


They entered into a civil partnership in 2006, and this provision of the state is wholly right and proper. As the Archbishop of Canterbury observed, some same-sex couples have loving and monogamous relationships of ‘stunning quality’. This one has lasted 26 years: it is exemplary.


They then adopted more children – currently five – which is a laudable undertaking: the rearing of children is the most onerous responsibility on earth. It is better by far that orphans be reared in loving homes rather than barren and loveless state institutions. Moreover, these children are being raised in the Christian faith: they have all been baptised and the family worships at their local parish church in Danbury.


The Drewitt-Barlows are also very wealthy – millionaires, indeed – which is a wonderful blessing for them all. They have manifestly been given very much, so from them much might be expected.


But it transpires they are not entirely happy. “I am still not getting what I want,” cried Barrie, stamping his foot on the plush purple shagpile. And so they are now suing their local parish church – the fellowship where they worship; where their children were baptised; and which supported Tony through the trauma of throat cancer a few years ago – because they can’t get married there.


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