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Diocesan statement on same-sex marriage

Our new Archbishop has made it clear that we are not on a collision course with Parliament on this matter – and neither the church nor parliament nor the nation has anything approaching a unanimous view.


Certainly lifelong commitment and love and faithfulness are to be celebrated at all times and in all relationships.


However, the belief of the Church of England (and also of other Christians in England and across the world) is that marriage is not just about the couple, but also about society and children.


We think too that the complimentarity of male and female in marriage is an important element, reflecting something of the nature of creation. For this reason we continue to affirm that ideally marriage is a permanent covenant between a man and a woman – and we do not think a vote in Parliament can change that.

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