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No change to teaching on marriage

02 March 2011

by Ed Beavan

THE Archbishop of Canterbury reaffirmed the Church of England’s teaching on marriage during a meeting last month with MPs in the House of Commons.

Dr Williams stated that marriage was between a man and a woman, when questioned by about 100 MPs at the meeting. Tt was set up by the Second Church Estates Commissioner, Tony Baldry MP.

Last month, the Government announced proposals to allow religious buildings to be used to host the registration of same-sex couples. It emphasised, however, that it would not “force any religious group to host civil part­nership registrations if they do not wish to do so”.

A statement from Lambeth Palace said: “The Church still believes on the basis of the Bible and tradition that marriage is between a man and a woman and does not accept that this needs to change. Civil partnerships now pro­vide legal securities for same-sex couples, but this does not, in itself, alter what we believe to be unique about marriage.

“The Church of England is opposed to all forms of homophobia and would want to defend the civil liberties of homosexual people, and welcome them into our churches.”

Giles Fraser

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