Tuesday, 12 June 2012


At last, the Bishops have made it clear that they are opposed to the proposal to legislate to make possibly gay marriages. They have pointed out that although it is not intended to compel CofE clergy to officiate they believe that this would, or could, be challenged in the courts and the canon lawyers have advised that it is more than likely that any such challenge would succeed. The have reaffirmed that marriage is a Sacrament between one man and one woman for life.

This stance is to be welcomed but I wonder why it has taken so long for the Bishops to make their position clear.


  1. I suspect that they wanted legal advice before making their submission, and maybe also thought that to make the submission during the final days of consultation would give maximum impact.

    1. You are generous in your attributions Father. I had suspected (clearly wrongly) that they were simply avoiding a response.