Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Protector of Marriage Has Illegitimate Child

Well, well .... a hypocrite as well as a bigot.

Are we surprised?

From PinkEBiz

A London civil servant who refused to perform civil partnerships for gay couples because of her fundamentalist Christian beliefs has apparently not let those beliefs govern her own sexual behavior outside of the office.

Lilian Ladele recently won a suit against Islington Council alleging discrimination after she was punished for refusing to do her job and perform civil partnerships for same-sex couples. A judge ruled that Ladele was within her rights to deny service to homosexuals as a staunch Christian.

However, it has now been revealed that Ladele is also a single mother to a child, now 27, born out of wedlock. So Ladele is so firmly Christian that she can’t possibly marry same-sex couples, but not so religious as to remain chaste until married. Presumably God will forgive the sin of extramarital sex but not the “sin” of joining two people together in a loving relationship.

The discovery that she has an illegitimate son could cast suspicion on some of the testimony she gave at the discrimination tribunal. The tribunal wrote: "Ms Ladele is a Christian. Her unchallenged evidence was that she holds the orthodox Christian view that marriage is the union of one man and one woman for life to the exclusion of all others and that marriage is the God-ordained place for sexual relations.”

"She told us that she believed this to be contrary to God's instructions that sexual relations belong exclusively between a man and a woman within marriage.

"That’s right, she said marriage is the only god-ordained place for sexual relations. How awkward for her. It’s likely even more awkward for the Christian Institute, a far-right Christian group that helped fund Ladele’s appeal and is firmly against sex before marriage.

However, it’s unlikely the group was unaware of the situation, once again proving that groups like the Christian Institute aren’t really “pro-Christian values”, just anti-gay. You can’t pick and choose your beliefs if you’re going to claim to be a fundamentalist. Hypocrisy is a sin itself.

Islington Council had promised to appeal the verdict immediately following their loss last week. Cllr John Gilbert said: "This isn't a decision we’ve taken lightly, but we believe an important question is at stake and the law must be clarified. Islington Council, like all councils and employers, needs to know whether we can expect employees to provide services to all sections of the community, regardless of who they are."This new revelation will most likely give them new ammunition. The council believed that Ladele was not properly cross-examined about the details of her religious faith. Details such as the fact that she won’t marry gays but will have sex out of wedlock could be potentially damning evidence against Ladele during an appeal.