Millionaire Gay Couple Sues to Force Church Wedding

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Millionaire Gay Couple Sues to Force Church Wedding

By The Christian Institute

Barrie-Tony-Drewitt-BarlowMillionaire gay couple the Drewitt-Barlows have confirmed they have launched a legal challenge to the right of churches to opt out of gay weddings.

In fresh comments published by the Chelmsford Weekly News in the U.K. today, Barrie Drewitt-Barlow said legal action had started.

“We’ve launched a challenge to the government’s decision to allow some religious groups to opt out of marrying same-sex couples,” he said.

“We feel we have the right as parishioners in our village to utilize the church we attend to get married.

“It is no reflection on our local church, who have been nothing but supportive towards us. We understand their hands are tied by a higher group of people within the church.”

Earlier this month, Drewitt-Barlow said he and his civil partner, Tony, would go to court to force gay weddings on churches.

He said at the time, “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.”

He added, “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.”

A government bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the U.K. cleared Parliament earlier this year, and the first same-sex weddings are expected in 2014.

The legislation allows churches to opt out of performing gay weddings, and it specifically protects the Church of England.

However, top human rights lawyer Aidan O’Neill says protection for the Anglican Church is “eminently challengeable” in court.

A copy of O’Neill’s legal advice was sent to the prime minister in January, but Mr. Cameron nevertheless proceeded with the legislation.

42 Comments on “Millionaire Gay Couple Sues to Force Church Wedding”

  1. nat

    This nothing but satan himself at work. I pray for the strength of true pastors to not go against what the bible tells us. I pray that the leaders would fight boldly
    against this and stand up no matter what for God’s holy word…….

  2. Leslie Settle

    All I want to know is why does the transgender community only target Christianity and our views. I guess it is because we are the only TRUE religion. Every other religion is the world except Buddhism and Wiccan says that homosexuality is unacceptable and punishable by law so why aren’t we considering everyone’s view on this abomination.

    And why force us to try and marry people against our belief? If they were REAL believers they would know better than to even try to request such a thing. I don’t see people doing this foolishness with other religions. I had a coworker give me an invitation to their Mormon wedding and they politely told me I could not attend unless I became Mormon. No biggy. I didn’t attend and got a gift out of respect and love for someone I have worked with half my life and politely gave a welcome invitation to my Christian ministry any time they wanted to go. I did not protest I could not get in because I wasn’t Mormon. I respected their ways as other people should respect ours.

    That is my two cents. We have to stand up or we will continue to be viewed as people with no fight in us. I am not changing my stance for no one. I love and respect all people but will always share with them (not push on them) my testimony and how good it is to be on the side of Christ!

  3. Leslie Settle

    PSS,

    I have a pastor who will refuse to marry heterosexual people on the basis they are not loyal and faithful to God or ready to be married so being a member or even frequent visitor of a ministry gives you no right to make the pastor do anything. I hope these two men can see that.

    1. Gigi

      There is the probllem when two people get married they mature together grow together this habit some [astors have of not allowing people to get married is not healthy!! I know many strong Christian couples that started off rocky some would not be the strong Christian they are today had they not been married.

  4. Gigi

    The church opened doors to this a long time ago adultery, theft, pimping in pulpit fornication molestations all this opened the door. The church should have led the example showing the world was a godly husband and father is wife and children NO GROUP including gays can compete with the family used as a showcase of God’s glory!!! But instead we have men and women praying for decades to get married when they do marry they can only have one child as we have women getting married at 48 even first time Judgement begins in the house of GOD now the church will truly see who’s who the true church from the false church.

  5. Gigi

    A line is being drawn in the sand is this the mark of the beast?? Why do they want to force the church to recognize them if I knew a group did not want to marry me NO way would I force them to marry me on the most important day of my life!!!!! This is the spirit of ASMODEUS it keeps single people single causes marriage break ups and is behind homosexuality. Time for the church to pray time to ask GOD to raise up godly families I was so ashamed to see thousands of gay coupples rushing to get married when Christians struggling it is a reproach on the church

  6. Lena miller

    Go find a church that supports your lifestyle..and beliefs there are PLENTY.. Can’t force anyone to recognize your way of life! Really? Now it’s getting ridiculous

  7. Eddie

    “We feel we have the right”
    “It upsets me because I want it so much”
    “I am still not getting what I want.”

    I couldn’t help but notice throughout this article how much this “couple” continuously kept mentioning themselves. Basically in a nut shell I have never in my life seen a more childish immature and frankly speaking blatantly disgusting display of selfishness in all my life than what I’m seeing in this article from this 2 so called adults. The three comments mentioned above are exactly the type of things that spoiled little kids say when they cant have their way. This right here is nothing more than pure unadulterated Grade A foolishness. But then again what do you expect. They probably travel in a culture that tells them ” it’s all about you and if you want it then you should be able to get it and if you cant get what you want then just force people to give it to you.” This is pitiful!!! FOOLISHNESS!!!

  8. Nicole smith

    And here we go.
    Come on guys there are tons of churches who will preform your ceremony. Why would you want to force an individual to do your ceremony when they don’t want to because of religious believes. We still have freedom of religion ( not for long apparently). Many Christians churches have recognized gay marriages, go to one of those churches and don’t violate someone’s right to believe what they want to believe.

  9. Charlotte

    Sir with all due respect if you Have Truly read the Bible, GOD is the Head of The Church and calls it His Bride. God is watching and He Changes not. God said in HIS inspired scriptures written by Men that Homosexuality is an abomination and He showed us in HIS scriptures what HE did to Sodom and Gomorrah…DESTROYED THE WHOLE CITY!

    With that being said, GOD loves us all and sent us a Savior name Jesus Christ in flesh to be a Living Sacrifice for All Sinners. GOD expects us to live holy and godly lives as Members of His Church, The Body of Christ. You can be a Church-goer AND NOT BE IN THE BODY of True Worshippers as Believers.

    So to take Christians or the Church to Court is mocking GOD, who clearly tella us in Matthew not to do this. I pray you have the wedding of your dreams but not at the expense of THE CHURCH bowing! In Jesus name Amen.

  10. Prophets Rollins

    They should have just closed the doors to the church the gay demonics don’t have more money than God. Just close the churches and start a house church meaning a church inside your home and it’s private own and run.

  11. marie

    I have a very simple question for the couple… Where is the right of the Church……. You have rights and so does the Church and they should not be forced to conform to your wants and needs. Is the building owned privately, then they have a right to determine what happens there, much like your very own home.

    I am sure that there are other churches/religious organizations that maybe willing to respond to your requests.

  12. walk23

    It is harder for a rich man …..
    Guess the gay couple didn’t get the memo of the exclusion set forth in 1 Cor. 6:9. Now this millionaire gay couple thinks that forcing the Church to marry will resolve things. My, my, my ! No suit ever brought forth will change the end result. What a foolish endeavor to try and force the Church to do what God will never accept. Nuts on a mission.

  13. Sha-Retha Jackson

    This is not a paid service you can’t just go to the Pastor and say I want you to officiate our wedding. You must go through counseling, your life has to line up with scripture and if not they will refuse you. There are rules in life you can’t just buy off people and remove rules.

  14. Chelle

    I am a Christian & believe in the equality of marriage for all, & do not agree so much on many religions beliefs! For this belief was in most parts Mans interpretation of God’s Word! Yet it is that organizations belief from the beginning & should NOT be forced to be changed just cause you want what you want! Where do you get the right to judge & force change? You of ALL People should know how WRONG that is!! I am stoked the Gay communities now can legally be married & you can have your BIG Wedding & there are preachers/ministers who will obligingly conduct your service!! This forcement of yours is rediculously childish & selfish! Enough already!! Just sayin!!

    1. Dix

      Chelle, I can’t disagree with you any more strongly. The word of God will never change no matter how “man” may interpret it. I confused on the, “in most parts.” Are interpretations wrong when it comes to whatever immoral social issue that is currently going through the courts? Also, I am confused. Who are you chastising? The church or the gay community? If God did not mean that He made he for she, then we all as believers are in trouble. I think, only a thought, that His word has returned to him void. Nah.

      I have to rebuke myself at times if I desire to lean to my own understanding. I thank God for infusing me with he Holy Ghost to lead and guide me into all truth. I just have to follow His word, not my own desires…….”do not agree so much on many religions beliefs.” Whose report will you believe. Under the blood, lets believe the report of the Lord. SIs, please correct where I may have interpreted your text incorrectly

    2. walk23

      Being a Christian, don’t you think your views aught to line up with His ? Any man or woman called by God aught to think and speak what God says and think, don’t you think ? Nobody is forcing anyone to agree with the Bible, and for your information God has already Judged this sin. You would do well to warn those who practice homosexuality of the consequences of that Judgement. Acceptance of Christ as Your Savior also means you should be in line with His view. It’s called becoming a disciple of. Take care and have a blessed day.

  15. Paula

    What does the Bible say about homosexuals in Romans 1? They have been given over by God to their depraved minds. These things should not cause us who know the truth to be alarmed or even panic. They are agents of Satan and don’t even realize it. We have a responsibility to war in the spirit realm against the forces of darkness. We have already won the victory, folks!

  16. AMELIA HARRIS APONTE

    GOD’S GOVERNMENT NOT YOURS…GET MARRYING IN A GAY CHURCH…THEY HAVE THEM…GO TO THE COURT HOUSE OR VENUE…THE CHURCH DO NOT CONFORM TO THE WORLD…THE WORLD CONFORM TO GOD’S STATUE’S.

  17. Marletta Powell

    WE SAW IT COMING! OH HECK NO!! THE GATES OF HELL SHALL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST GOD’S KINGDOM!! SATAN I REBUKE YOU TO THE PIT FROM WHENCE YOU CAME!! IN JESUS NAME!!! YOU ARE A LIAR!!!!!

    Whew, let me calm down. I heard Elder Lewis mention once, not in verbatim … but he said: no longer can we straddle the fence. The ENEMY/WORLD is gonna FORCE US to choose a side, PERIOD! I CHOOSE JESUS!! I CHOOSE ETERNAL LIFE!!!!! NOT TEMPORARY PLEASURE!!

    I watched the BET awards last night just to see what other schemes Satan is devising. Same tricks, just different form … the glitz, glam, and perversion. Demons make it look so enticing, but it’s all a LIE. (2 Thess. 2:11)

    Pray, pray, pray, Pray for your families…. We’re here ya’ll. Don’t be afraid to stand for Jesus…. Don’t be ashamed of the Gospel. :-( Don’t be a closet Christian.:-( At all cost, STAND! (LUKE 17: 31-33) Message Bible

  18. Tasha

    I knew this was going to be the next step. I can’t say that I’m surprised because all this is the bible fulfilling itself. I’m taking this time to get myself right with God and praying for those who are not. Those of us in the lord should rejoice because all this stuff means is that Jesus is almost here. Get prayed and fasted up people, This is not the time to be playing church or standing on the fence. You are either for God or against him. Get and stay in the word of God like never before. The end draws nigh…be ready when Jesus comes.

  19. Kurt

    I have heard people say that homosexual marriage will have no effect on anyone else. This is just a small example on how it effects everyone.

  20. Anthony

    This is crazy! It’s hard to even find the words to describe the baffling sense that I feel when I try to contemplate these peoples thought process. A church is private property that is open, not to all the public, but to a certain sect of the public who share in their beliefs and principles. I can’t imagine any individual remaining in a place where they are not wanted. Likewise, I can’t imagine any organization allowing an individual to remain and disrupt their operations because that individual does not believe in the principles of the organization. (Jokingly speaking) I would like to celebrate my wedding anniversary in a mansion overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Should I be able to sue the owner because he won’t let me use his house, and preside over my celebration? It’s funny how the seperation of church and state is very important to the homosexual in order to keep God out of the schools and politics. However, when convienent, they treat the church as if it’s a government entity and try, without hesitation, to use the force of law to persuade it. HYPOCRITE!

    Colossians 2:8-10
    Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

    1. Cheryl J Grady

      I could not have said it any better Anthony, and to complete it with God’s word is priceless. God is well please. Keep the faith my brother!

  21. 1 servant

    Coming to America soon! The Supreme Court decision won”t be enough! And the minds of a generation are being deceived! What”s at stake you may ask (those who say leave it alone it’s not bothering you) Our CHILDREN will be the spoils of this war! When Moses was gone for forty days up on Mount Sinai and the people began to commit all sorts of acts that were in rebellion to God’s law, when he came down and saw how they had perverted and defiled themselves and the law of YHW the line was drawn “who ever is on the Lord’s side come to His Side” and unbelievably thousands CHOSE to perish and so it will be in our time “CHOOSE YE THIS DAY WHOM YOU WILL SERVE” IF THE LORD IS GOD THEN SERVE HIM “CHRISTIANS” so many who profess Christ have compromised on this issue, if God says that this is okay for our generation then that means He would have some explaining to do and some apologizing to every nation people and individuals who were judged and condemned for SIN. I THINK NOT! HE IS THE LORD AND HE CHANGETH NOT! And yet He is slow to anger and rich in mercy and not willing that any should perish so He gave us the WAY the TRUTH and the LIFE He has made a provision for all to be free from the bondage of sin,including our same LGBTQ neighbors. LOVE AND GRACE!

  22. Gypsy

    Why if you really want to be married wwould you want to be in a church that doesn’t want you.
    Its supposed to be a happy union. Not the right to bully . There are lots of churches that will welcome you .
    Dont make this something for money.

    1. Cheryl J Grady

      The situation is Gypsy, that it is not about money….as the word states in Ephesians 6:12, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” THIS is why the folks who are doing Satan’s bidding will NOT give up – it is not about them (the humans we see fighting for their “right”), it is truly about Lucifer and those fallen angels who are in allegiance with him to do all they have time to do to destroy what God created as GOOD. It is heart breaking (to God, who created us) that we who are caught up in sin cannot see the schemes of the enemy. Those of us who live that way are just pawns for the devil and don’t even know it…
      As true disciples of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ, we are in a spiritual battle to fight (with the full armor of God, of course), being able to stand, to stand firm, to take up the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And to pray in the Spirit with a all kinds of prayers and requests, keeping in mind to be alert and always keep praying for all the saints who are fighting this spiritual battle as well. (read Ephesians 6:13-18)
      I appreciate you sharing your feelings on this subject Ms. Gypsy. Keep the faith dear sister.

  23. Kerry

    It is s matter of time and it will happen here. They will come for the church tax exempt status soon. It’s time to give it up. If you have tax exempt status then you will be call upon to do their biddin

  24. Dix

    Since last Friday I have heard, “It won’t affect the church. The law does not mean they are going to force the church to marry them.” We have better wake up. The test case is out there in America waiting to challenge the church’s stance, and will be filed with the court. when they are turned down. I believe ministers hold “state” licenses to have a marriage legal, ” By the authority/law granted to me by the state of ……..” Just watch. One of those lost couples will now say they are discriminated against because a state license is held, but they cannot get married under it. If this sinful group does not fear God and fought, and won to have their perverted unions be legally known as marriage, then what makes one think that same demonic court will not go against licenses?

    I have also heard since last Friday, “God is love. We have to understand then until they come to the truth.” I wish these same Christians that proclaim that mantra remember, yes, He is love, but continue on and say, “He is holy.”

  25. Jeanne M

    These people are nothing but a bunch of hypocritical liars, who want nothing more then for folks who stand by God’s Word, to feel embarrassed and ashamed for disagreeing with their lifestyle. They keep talking avout tolerance, but that’s NOT it at all, if the other church is willing to marry them, then why not let them do it instead? The day Is coming when they Will ultimately answer to the Lord for all of this, until then we’ll just have to pray for them as the Bible has asked us to do (Matthew 5:44 and Romans 12:14).

  26. Mowunmi

    Wow! I can’t believe that seeing Jesus in 2009 and being told about the endtime is here . we should all set ourselves right before God because number one 666 is on the way and its going to work like the social security number .life is not going to easy for those left after the rapture .

  27. Winnie

    Can they try this with the Islamic faith? how about they get married in a Mosque or a Buddhist Temple?
    I would love to see the outcome of that

  28. Sabrina Gomez

    Why not just go to a church that will support it? Why try to forcefully coerce someone to do what they don’t want too. It’s just like you don’t like Christians preaching to you about your homosexuality. They should now be able to sue you to have to listen ain’t it so? Get a life, you got to have the same sex marriage. You have that. Give people the right to stand for what they believe. God man

  29. Phil

    In my culture there is a saying that goes “the dog that wants to die first go deaf”, in other words do not take advice from nobody. This so called legality, will not hold they are taking the church to court on what basis , that they should be allowed to get married in church, the abominable sin they are committing is not enough they want to contend with God we shall see how far their millions will take them. Nonsense I have not seen any one that contend with my God that live to tell the story let them keep their foolishness up. They will go complete their so called guy marriage in HELL.

  30. Helena

    As a christian I respect every body opinion, but I will die for my belief, the bible said that this day will come and we are ready. We wish that we ‘ll not see an another sodome and Gomorrah. God never lie. Think about it. Genesis 19:

  31. Beloveddoul

    Being that they are millionaires, they may open a church of their own. The law clearly obeys and respects religious laws, and obviously this is unlawful to all I believe. So again, they may stay there own church and religion and whatnot.

  32. EC

    My denomination sent out a statement to all it’s Ordained ministers. It says that you cannot perform a same sex marriage while under the ordination of our denomination. It doesn’t matter if you are a church pastor, hospital chaplain, military chaplain, hospice minister, or whatever. If you perform a same sex marriage you will lose your ordination and lisence from our denomination. You will be terminated if you are a church Pastor. None of our facilities can be used for same sex marriages either. I am encouraged by our leaders for standing strong! I will always stand up for Jesus and His Word! I watched a video Joel & Victoria Osteen did saying they would attend a gay wedding. I was appalled. They said they didn’t want to hurt their friend’s feelings. I’m sorry, attending a gay wedding hurts my testimony and if my gay friends respected me they would not even ask me to go against my God and attend.

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