Reader Steve has found a story that suggests criminal gangs have latched onto gay marriage as a way of getting around immigration laws.
Criminal gangs were offering to arrange sham gay weddings for people wanting to bypass immigration controls within weeks of same sex marriages being made legal in March, a report said.
An investigation by the BBC programme Inside Out discovered that one gang organises sham gay marriages for a £10,000 fee.
Peter and Ricardo, the gang’s leaders, told undercover reporters they had “fixed” weddings “lots of times”.
They offered two potential fake Romanian brides to the reporter, both of whom explicitly stated they were not lesbians but were willing to pretend to be gay and marry anyone for cash.
Gee gosh, it’s almost like they are treating marriage as nothing more than a way of having legal legitimacy so as to access social benefits. Where did they ever get the idea that *that* is what marriage is all about?
Ricardo said he had never had any problems with the police or immigration officers.
He said: “You say ‘I am gay’. No more questions for you. Easy for gay.”
Authorities reluctant to enforce the law because of political correctness? Where have we heard that before?
I wonder if the gangs file lawsuits against caterers who don’t want to participate in the ceremonies.