Pressure continues to mount up against the British Government’s proposal for legislation on same-sex marriage. The latest condemnation, the strongest yet, comes from the Scottish Catholic Primate, Cardinal Keith O’Brien in today’s Sunday Telegraph where he describes the whole plan as “staggeringly arrogant”, “grotesque” and “madness”.

‘No Government has the moral authority to dismantle the universally understood meaning of marriage. Imagine for a moment that the Government had decided to legalise slavery but assured us that “no one will be forced to keep a slave”. Would such worthless assurances calm our fury? Would they justify dismantling a fundamental human right? Or would they simply amount to weasel words masking a great wrong?’

Same-sex marriage, he writes, would be “a grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right”. He calls on the UK Government to drop the plan, ahead of a “consultation” on the issue being launched this month. Although the proposal applies only to England & Wales, it will be voted on by all Westminster MP’s including Scottish members of Parliament.

Cardinal O’Brien describes Government assurances that religious bodies needn’t participate in same sex ceremonies as “disingenuous” and calls on David Cameron’s Government to protect rather than dismantle marriage.

Michael Kirke was born in Ireland. In 1966 he graduated from University College Dublin (History and Politics). In that year he began working on the sub-editorial desk of The Evening...