Church of England says no to gay marriage

A proposal by the British government to permit gay marriage is being met with staunch disapproval from the Church of England. A paper drafted by English bishops and the Archbishop’s Council argues, “to change the nature of marriage for everyone will be divisive and deliver no obvious legal gain,” adding that imposing “a new meaning on a term as familiar and fundamental as marriage would be deeply unwise.” The statement was released on Tuesday, June 12, the same day the Coalition for Marriage submits to the Prime Minister a petition with half a million signatures opposing the proposal. Prime Minister David Cameron has made it clear he would back the proposal despite strong opposition from members of his Conservative Party.

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