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UK: Marriage Equality Battle Rages On Between Churches and State

Monday, January 28th, 2013

England ChurchLots of news on the ongoing battle over the proposed marriage equality vote in the UK, due for its first vote on February 5th. is reporting that a Catholic Archbishop has distributed a million anti marriage equality postcards there. From the text:

“The fundamental problem with the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill is that it will radically alter the meaning of marriage for everyone and therefore undermine the common good. This is what is at stake. The Bill also raises very serious questions especially about religious freedom and freedom of expression, the effect on teaching in schools, and the work of chaplains and others with religious convictions involved in the delivery of public services.”

He also claims the government has no mandate to pass this bill. Echoing this complaint, Pink News News quotes the Church of England:

In a statement on behalf of the Church of England, the Right Reverend Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester, claimed the Coalition Government did not have a “mandate” for the bill and that “marriage is a union between one man and one woman.”

Think these guys might be working together behind the scenes? But as Pink News reports, there’s a little breath of fresh air from the Church of Wales:

On Friday a spokesperson for the Church in Wales said: “Since the statement to Parliament by the Minister for Women and Equalities (Maria Miller) on 11 December 2012, the government has worked to understand and accommodate the position of the Church in Wales in its equal marriage Bill. As a disestablished church with a legal duty to marry the Church in Wales is uniquely placed. The Bill provides protection for the Church whilst still enabling it to make its own decision on same-sex marriage.”

Finally, someone in the religious community with an open mind. 🙂