Legislators on both sides of the political fence should be encouraged to fulfil the intent to define marriage in the Marriage Law as between a man and a woman.
This is, after all, an intent to clarify the existing law and to ensure that in the current climate, a fundamental change does not happen to the law by default.
All laws, of course are discriminatory – it is the essential purpose of all law to declare directly or by implication that one behaviour is right and its opposite is wrong.
Can marriage be attainable by all people if they so choose? For an answer, to this, let the Book of Common Prayer 1662 Preface to the Form of Solemnization of Matrimony be examined carefully.
We will see there its honourable purposes, and that is is ‘not by any to be enterprised, nor taken in hand, unadvisedly, lightly, or wantonly, to satisfy men’s carnal lusts and appetites …’ Marriage as we know it has proved its potential for enhancing and lengthening lives.
The meaning of marriage should not be altered to sanction behaviour that harms and shortens lives, and is widely seen to be dishonourable.
(Rev) Nicholas Sykes
Secretary, Cayman Ministers’ Association