"Government has to prevent, as far it can, the judgement that the law is an ass. I believe the fracturing of the law of marriage into two alternative concepts of marriage inevitably inflicts damage of a very serious proportion on English law, weakening the authority of the law as a whole...
Since marriage has been defined in law and practice as a relation between a man and woman, this as so defined, cannot in law be extended to same sex couples. This legislation presupposes an account of marriage which makes the gender of the partners incidental to the institution. It doesn't correspond to marriage as it has been known in British law and indeed society.
It is not a matter of something that already exists being extended. A new institution is being created under the aegis of the existing marriage law which is in fact quite different."I don’t much like Sentamu. Nor do I like the creatures who shuffled him into the second top job. They were taking the p***, as was he for accepting it.
Nevertheless, once in a while someone I don’t like gets it right. As he does here.