The Lilian Ladele saga continues with a new appeal resulting in another defeat for her and the Christian Institute who are supporting her fight to have the right to pick and choose the parts of her job she is happy to perform.
If anyone doesn’t know the full story, Ms Ladele is a lady who was working as a registrar for Islington Council but wasn’t happy to register same-sex civil partnerships because of her religion. Islington Council, being a tax-funded institution, refused to allow her to discriminate between its residents and, when she was relieved of her duties for refusing to perform her job, she sued for religious discrimination, winning the first time with an employment tribunal, but then losing at the second and, now, the third appeal.
The hypocrisy of the whole law suit borders on the comical. I won’t go into the fact that the unmarried, sin-hating, bible-wielding woman has a child out of wedlock as that’s her personal business but she’s chosen a carrier which in itself is contrary to religious teachings. She officiates civil marriages which are themselves sinful and not recognised by her church so anyone she does deign to marry into a civil institution is actually living in sin. Not only that but she will happily marry a bunch of sinners like divorcees, atheists, non-christians, etc.
Marriage is between one man and one woman, she says. But the same-sex unions that she was paid to register were not even marriages because in this country same-sex marriage is not allowed yet. They are called civil partnerships.
So what’s her problem — you might ask? Well, no one has been able to figure that out yet. Basically she wants to be allowed to discriminate against gay people in the provision of a service that she’s paid for, legally bound to provide and isn’t even an actual marriage.
Are we surprised she keeps losing one appeal after the other?