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Church of England says “no” to gay marriages in church: Anglican Ink, December 7, 2012 December 8, 2012

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Same-sex marriage is an non sequitur, the Church of England has told Prime Minister David Cameron, stating it will not support his plans for church gay marriages, nor will it allow them to take place in its churches.

In advance of the release next week of the text of the government’s bill authorizing gay marriage, the prime minister said his government was reversing course and would now permit churches to solemnize gay marriages. “I’m a massive supporter of marriage and I don’t want gay people to be excluded from a great institution,” the prime minister said, adding, “but let me be absolutely 100% clear: if there is any church or any synagogue or any mosque that doesn’t want to have a gay marriage it will not, absolutely must not, be forced to hold it,” he said on 7 Dec 2012.

However, the Church of England said the imposition of gay marriage on the country by the coalition government as undemocratic. “Given the absence of any manifesto commitment for these proposals – and the absence of any commitment in the most recent Queen’s speech – there will need to be an overwhelming mandate from the consultation to move forward with these proposals and make them a legislative priority. In our view the Government will require an overwhelming mandate from the consultation to move forward with on these proposals and to make them a legislative priority,” it said in a statement released today.

Read it all in Anglican Ink.


1. The Rt Revd Richard Palmer - December 8, 2012

On the issue of same-sex marriages, what right has the Church of England to say it will not permit such occasions to be celebrated in its churches? These buildings do not belong to the Church of England as such. In reality there is no such organisation other than separate diocese, each with their own management structure and Boards of Finance. The concept of ‘Church of England’ is a construct of the Crown operating within the Laws of Parliament under the Governship of the Head of State. The churches belong, at least theoretically, to the people. The bigotry and narrowness of many in control of these buildings should not seek to frustrate what may be the will of the people for which the Church, in England, was created and established.

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