Forbid civil partners, says lobby group
Posted: 02 Nov 2006 @ 00:00
COMMUNICANT Anglicans must not take advantage of the new Civil Partnerships
Act, the conservative pressure group Anglican Mainstream said this week.
Clergy should be forbidden from registering their partnerships under the Act
by their bishops. This discipline should extend to the laity, it says in a
statement issued on Tuesday.
The group dismisses the suggestion, said to have been leaked from the House
of Bishops, that gay clergy might register a partnership on condition that they
remained sexually abstinent.
The Government has said that registration under the Act would allow
homosexual people to benefit from many of the legal advantages associated with
marriage. Their partners could be assessed for child support, employment and
pension benefits, and fatal-accident compensation; they would be recognised
under immigration and nationality legislation, and also under the intestacy
But, says Anglican Mainstream, the Church should be prepared to remedy any
injustices that would flow from denying its members the benefits of
registration by providing its own legislation for "all people in its employ who
are de facto next of kin, not just those in registered civil