|c14th St Valentine and his disciples|
The bishops argue that in reality, St Valentine was a priest-martyr in the early Church who was caught illegally celebrating marriages around the year 269 - marriages had been suspended by the Emperor Claudius II in the interests of recruiting young men for the army!
The saint was arrested and imprisoned upon being caught marrying Christian couples and otherwise aiding Christians who were at the time being persecuted by Claudius in Rome. Helping Christians at this time was considered a crime. Claudius took a liking to this prisoner – until Valentinus tried to convert the Emperor – whereupon this priest was condemned to death. He was beaten with clubs and stoned; when that failed to kill him, he was beheaded outside the Flaminian Gate.
Same sex marriage
All particularly timely, as the news comes that three separate bills have entered the House of Representatives aimed at legalizing same sex 'marriage', aided and abetted by the Prime Minister. Julia Gillard, in yet another broken commitment.
But don't think the Coalition are any better - yesterday's Australian reported backbenchers will be given a conscience vote and that Mr Abbott is allegedly 'relaxed' over this.
The only good news is that the commentariat acknowledges that they don't seem to have the numbers yet, and it will be a long fight, all the way to the High Court.