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What is really going on?

On March 27 last year, the UK’s representation in Strasbourg organised the European Council’s first “closed conference” (ie, public not admitted), to agree detailed plans for the June 2013 implementation of “equal civil marriage”, with a keynote address from Lynne Featherstone. A speech by the British judge, Sir Nicolas Bratza, then head of the European Court of Human Rights, signalled that the court was ready to declare same-sex marriage a “human right”, as soon as enough countries fell into line.