Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster said the legalisation of same-sex ‘marriage’ in England and Wales today represents a ‘watershed in English law’ and was a moment of ‘profound social change’ that required the protection of religious freedom.
Archbishop Nichols, president of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, and Archbishop Peter Smith, conference vice president, released a joint statement on behalf of their fellow bishops stating that churches could not be expected to endorse The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill. The statement comes in spite of the fact that the legislation received Royal assent today after being backed by an overwhelming majority of MPs and peers. Similar legislation will be voted on in the Scottish Parliament later this year.
Full report, including full statement from the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales: sconews.co.uk/news/29820/english-and-welsh-bishops-react-to-legalisation-of-same-sex-marriage/