Thursday, 13 December 2012

Nearly 100 yeats later Westminster still don't get devolution.

We are used to Westminster MPs ad even Government |Ministers not realising that Devolution in Wales has really happened  but it seems it that what was the second piece of devolution to Wales . The Disestablishment of the Church in Wales (passed 1914 enacted 1920) Has never happened

The first was the Sunday closing Act 1881

Now the government have now announced that  the Church in Wales and Church of England will be banned in law from offering gay marriages.

Other religious organisations will be able to "opt in" to holding ceremonies.

Culture Secretary Maria Miller said both organisations had "explicitly" stated strong opposition and would not be the bill

However The Archbishop of Wales says making it illegal for the Church in Wales to offer same-sex marriages will be a "step too far".

Dr Barry Morgan says the freedoms of the church would be curtailed by a ban.

Other religious organisations will be able to "opt in" to holding ceremonies.

The Act both disestablished and disendowed the "Church in Wales", the term used to define the part of the Church of England which was to be separated. Disestablishment meant the end of the Church's special legal status, and Welsh bishops were no longer entitled to sit in the House of Lords as Lords Spiritual.

So where they may be a case of the Government has the representative of the Monarch who is head of the Established Church (as well as the Church of Scotland) to separate the Church of England from any legislation  But  can it really interfere in the Church in Wales in this way?

Clearly this move was to appease the the likes of the Taliban Tendency of the Cornerstone Group which is currently dominating the Welsh Office.

One thing is clear nearly 100 years after the second law specifically tailored for Wales . Westminster is still reluctant to loosen its grip.

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