UK churches launch attack on conservative government’s gay-marriage plan

March 10, 2012

(Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols speaking at Britain's Foreign Office in London July 5, 2010 in London. REUTERS/Peter Macdiarmid)

The head of the Roman Catholic Church in England will be the latest church leader to try to ambush the prime minister’s attempt to legalise same-sex marriage when he launches his “no” campaign from the pulpit this weekend.

Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols has written a pastoral letter to be read out during Mass in the London diocese’s 214 parishes over the weekend of March 10 -11, warning about the dangers of changing the legal definition of marriage.

Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron is already facing a religious backlash from many in the Anglican mother church, the Church of England, which is sometimes called “the Conservative Party at prayer.”  Its head, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, has said a new law for gay couples would amount to forcing unwanted change on the rest of the nation.

The argument echoes others elsewhere in Europe and beyond. On Friday, Pope Benedict denounced the “powerful political and cultural currents” seeking to legalise gay marriage in the United States, where Maryland has just become the eighth state to allow it.

The British government is planning this month to launch a formal consultation document on allowing homosexual couples to marry, spearheaded by a minister from the Liberal Democrats, the junior partner in the government coalition. Equalities minister Lynne Featherstone argues churches do not “own” marriage law.

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Church is not claiming to own marriage.

The history and the culture of our nation does. Indeed the world.

So it is not the place of a particular Government to hijack it, swayed by gay pressure groups.

The petition against same sex marriage
has now reached over 120,000 signatures in 2 weeks.
And the consultation has not even opened yet.

Posted by LondonVicar | Report as abusive

Please, my good churches…..with the price of petro so high, please….do not boil your dissenters in oil, as you have done so often in the past….Just be satisfied with drawing and quartering or, if you’re located in a wooded area, perhaps burning at the stake would be economical! Welcome back to the Middle Ages!!!

Posted by wrpa | Report as abusive

Original draft of the Archbishops’ letter here: 3/uk-archbishops-letter-to-catholics.htm l

Posted by joennyc | Report as abusive

The Guardian had a more coherent report, Reuters likes to skew the news

(quote) “Churches unite against gay marriage”

Senior Anglican and Catholic archbishops warn ministers that they are pushing for an ‘unjustified change’ in the law

Some of the most senior bishops in the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches in Britain have united to warn that legalising gay marriage would be a dangerous and unjustified change in the law.

The archbishop of York, John Sentamu, said on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “I happen to believe that to change the law in the end would be forcing an unjustified change.”

John Sentamu said there was a difference between civil partnerships and marriage, which did not mean one was better than another.”  /legalising-gay-marriage-unjustified-ar chbishops

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