ROME (RNS) The change of heart by Peter Tatchell, a leading voice on LGBT issues, over a case in Northern Ireland was a surprising turnabout.
CHR Comment: Having the courts force Christians to write messages that support gay “marriage” has grave implications for freedom of speech and right to dissent. The examples of terrorism and Holocaust illustrate the problems of preventing religious persons from dissenting. Tatchell now sees the legal implications more clearly: forcing people to do things against their conscience is fundamentally wrong. In a free society, public discourse and practice of law eventually move toward balance and this appears to be such a move.