In the topsy-turvey world of messing around with our Tradition - Christian and otherwise - John Bingham points out in today's Telegraph that if same-sex marriage is legally allowed in British Law one of the "side effects" will be that adultery will have to be abolished in law, as only infidelity between people of opposite genders can count as adultery in divorce cases. It means that people in a same-sex marriage who discover that their spouse is unfaithful to them would not be able to divorce on the basis of adultery unless it was with someone of the opposite sex. Equally, heterosexual people cannot accuse their partner of adultery if they discover they had a secret lover of the same sex. This comes after it became clear that government legal experts have failed to agree a definition of what constitutes "sex" between same-sex couples! (Same -sex couples will also not be able to have their marriage annulled on the grounds of non-consummation.) These distinctions create an inequality between heterosexual and homosexual couples and therefore therefore would have to be abolished as grounds for divorce in all marriages.
One of the arguments that keeps on being trotted out by those who favour redefining marriage is that they support marriage as an institution and want its benefits for everyone but in fact this now undermines yet another of marriages defining elements - that it is an exclusive commitment to another person. So, far from supporting marriage, it is weakened to mean almost nothing. In law, adultery will not exist. Thus the seventh commandment is wiped away from our legal system, pulling yet another part of the foundations away from the edifice of western society.
Like crime figures, the easiest way to lower them is to simply remove the crime from the statute books - low and behold, crime figures are down and we can all congratulate ourselves on living in a safer society.
And behold, David Donald William Cameron came came down from Eton and called for the elders of the people, and set before them all these words which the which the god of Political correctness had commanded him:
"Thou shalt not find it possible to commit adultery."
Another Orwellian rewriting of reality?