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Church of England Rejects UK Gay Marriage Plan

By June 13, 2012

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Joining voter opposition to gay marriage in Washington State, the Church of England has openly objected to the British government's plan to legalize same-sex marriage.

The Church of England and Roman Catholic bishops of England and Wales reasserted their position that marriage is between a man and woman despite Prime Minister David Cameron's support for gay civil marriages. Gay couples have already been allowed to enter into civil partnerships since 2005. A new law would extend those privileges to include the title of marriage.

Bishops argue that gay couples already receive the benefits of civil marriage and that calling it "marriage" would add to the divisiveness that already exists.

Home Secretary Theresa May has commented that she does not plan to force the hand of the church even though the Church of England is obligated to perform marriage ceremonies for any member of a local parish that wishes to do so.
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June 13, 2012 at 6:34 pm
(1) Gord Richardson says:

Let’s not forget that divisiveness exists thanks to narrow-minded bigots like the bishops of the C of E and the RC Church. Money is NOT the root of all evil Organized religion is. Wherever religion is deeply entrenched, so are bigotry and hate.

Christ taught love…not hate. It’s sad how many religions choose to overlook that example and bury themselves in the anti-gay passages of Corinthians and Leviticus. Is ‘God’s plan’ of going forth and multiplying really compromised because 5 to 10% of the population are gay and lesbian? Is the breeding imperative even relevant in a world bursting at the seams with more people than the resources of many areas can sustain? But there I go trying to apply logic and reason to the most illogical, unreasoning sphere of human endeavour!

June 13, 2012 at 7:14 pm
(2) Steve says:

Then I to will take a stand and formally reject the church of England.
Unless the church drags itself out of the middle ages then it will continue to decline. It needs to embrace modern society and all the diversity that it contains. If two men or two women love each other then they should be allowed to show that love by the virtue of marriage. They are all Gods children after all. The days of being married to procreate are long gone. Modern marriage is all about showing the love between one human being and another, and in my book if that involves two human beings of the same sex then that is ok by me.

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