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May 2013

A graduate with a qualification in constitutional law is petitioning HM the Queen to assert her right as sovereign to veto the Government’s proposed equalisation Bill that will usher in same-sex marriage.

     David Green, who is resident in Calais, has written to HM The Queen, reminding her of the settlement of 1688, that she is required to swear an oath at her Coronation to defend the Protestant religion.

     In his letter, seen by Evangelical Times, Mr Green said, ‘The principal authority on the British constitution, Blackstone, has ascribed the “super-competence” to the Queen in parliament, not to the Commons.

     ‘My advice is, therefore, that if the Queen were to sign a Bill purporting to deny the clear meaning of the word “marriage” as understood by Protestants, she would be breaking her oath and thus rendering the Bill invalid’.

     A response from Buckingham Palace, seen by ET, told Mr Green, ‘Her Majesty has taken careful note of your views regarding the proposed redefinition of the marriage service to enable same-sex marriages.

     ‘She acts on the advice of her ministers and it is to them that your appeal should be addressed. As Supreme Governor, the Queen would not intervene in the day-to-day running of the Church of England’.

    

Not accurate

 

In a further letter, dated February, Mr Green said this was not entirely accurate: the Queen as constitutional monarch can exercise rights to veto Acts of Parliament and has a right to uphold the Church of England.

     He asked Christians to join him in petitioning the Queen to use her emergency powers to act against the advice of her ministers in this case.

     Mr Green also wrote to the Speaker of the House of Commons, who told him to contact the Prime Minister — which he did. He also wrote to the Archbishop of Canterbury.

     In a response from Lambeth Palace, also seen by ET, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s deputy secretary for public affairs, Helen Dawes, wrote, ‘You are of course right that Her Majesty the Queen and the Archbishop of Canterbury meet regularly to discuss matters of particular concern.

     ‘However, their conversations remain entirely private to them. The Church of England continues to state its opposition to the introduction of same-sex marriage and has made very clear its position on this matter’.

     Mr Green’s letters follow an article in ET in March this year, in which it was mooted that even if the Houses of Parliament were to pass the Bill, it would need to be signed by HM the Queen and she could, if her views were strong enough, refuse to sign it under her emergency powers, effectively vetoing the Act.

     Mr Green said, ‘The Queen can rebut unconstitutional advice. Therefore every Christian should write to Her Majesty, imploring her not to sign it. She can refuse’.

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