Church of England newspaper
In mid-July, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Christine Goodwin, age 65, a previously male bus driver ,could change the sex on her birth certificate in order to marry. Following the ruling, the Evangelical Alliance expressed concern that families and churches may suffer the after-effects of a transsexual being allowed to alter their birth certificate. after a sex-change operation.
Don Horrocks of the Evangelical Alliance said: “The Court said today that they had received no evidence to show that third parties would suffer in any way from transsexuals being allowed to amend their birth certificates. Nor that there would be any substantial hardship or detriment to third parties flowing from the registration of transsexuals and transsexual marriage. “This is palpably untrue. What about families who are torn apart by declared transsexuals, future spouses, church ministers, who may be faced with what they see as same-sex marriage and the consciences of the majority, who feel assaulted by political correctness elevated above truth.”
Judges at the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Christine, who was asked to continue paying National Insurance contributions until the age of 65, had suffered a breach of Article 14 – prohibition of discrimination because women stop such payments at age 60. They also ruled that Articles 8, 12 and 14 had been breached, denying Ms Goodwin the right to respect of private and family life, the right to marry and found a family, and the right to an effective remedy.
Don Horrocks did not agree, commenting that: “European thought police [are] are insisting we collude in the maintenance of illusion.” A spokesman for The Church of England said that: “We are examining the judgement and need to do so carefully. The whole issue of transsexuality is something that the whole church is looking at.”