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December 18, 2005

Western Isles of Scotland - No 'Geidh' Couple Ceremonies

Topics: International News

Exposed to the full blast of the Atlantic, the islands of Lewis, Harris, North and South Uist, Benbecula and Barra are some of the most remote parts of Scotland. The inhabitants are mostly both Gaelic and English speaking, and a visitor to the islands will find that most facilities are closed on Sundays due to the deeply held religious beliefs there.

Now the hardy people of the "Hebrides," with the highest level of church attendance in Scotland, are in the news for their unwillingness to accept homosexual marriages - the Western Isles of Scotland is taking a moral stand against 'geidh' (gay) couple ceremonies.

Apparently, the Gaelic language has at least half a dozen words to describe homosexuals, "varying from merely impolite to obscene," and since they didn't have a non-judgmental term for gay people, the politically correct BBC's Gaelic radio service recently invented the word - "'Geidh." But although they now have a word for homosexual marriage, the councillors in "this deeply traditional society" have voted to become the only part of the country to outlaw the gay geidh "wedding ceremonies":

... where the hold of strict Presbyterianism remains stronger than anywhere else on the British Isles...

... For many islanders, the move is simply an affirmation of their determination to hold back the onset of 21st century secularism, and to preserve their belief that marriage should only involve a man and a woman.

But the move has triggered a backlash from gay campaigners, who are threatening a human rights appeal against the council to ensure gay couples on the isles can have the same rights as those elsewhere.

More than 150 gay couples across Scotland are preparing to take part in the ceremonies from Tuesday morning, when the law comes into force. In England and Wales 700 couples are expected to follow suit when the law is enacted the following day, including Sir Elton John and his long-term partner, David Furnish.

It follows the passing of the Civil Partnerships Act at Westminster last year, which will allow gay couples to obtain the same rights as heterosexuals in areas such as employment, pensions and inheritance.

As I've said in the past, I believe that the term "homosexual marriage" is an oxymoron, and since it is biologically impossible to consumate such a "relationship," naturally, such a designation for a human physical relationship is an corruption of the English language and a dispicable aberation of normal and natural human behavior. Having gotten that little tidbit off my chest (without regard for being agreed with, or not), all I can say for the brave and hardy people of the Hebrides is "bravo for them."

I've traveled those beautiful isles, stayed in both Tarbert and Stornoway, bathed in the warmth and spirit of their community, and hate to see unwelcomed and unhealthy change coming to their shores. It's nice to know that there is at least one remaining oasis of normality still remaining in Europe.

Posted by Richard at December 18, 2005 7:34 AM

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