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Key Documents from the Consultation Phase

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2012 Consultation Materials: Parishes

To promote understanding of the issues surrounding the government's 2012 consultation on Equal Civil Marriage and to help our parishioners respond, we produced a number of PDF downloads - including a parish briefing document. 

Parish Briefing 542.88 kB

Letter: Archbishop Nichols and Archbishop Smith on Marriage 192.35 kB

Consultation: Sample Responses 19.30 kB

Detailed Briefing 84.85 kB

Detailed Briefing (MS Word) 47.00 kB

Bishops' Consultation Submission

June 2012

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales responded to the Government consultation on same-sex marriage.

In his accompanying letter to the Home Secretary, the Vice-President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, Archbishop Peter Smith says:

"In the interest of upholding the uniqueness of marriage as a civil institution for the common good of society, we strongly urge the Government not to proceed with legislative proposals which will 'enable all couples, regardless of their gender to have a civil marriage ceremony'".

Equal Civil Marriage Consultation: Archbishop Smith's Cover Letter 82.93 kB

Equal Civil Marriage Consultation: CBCEW Response 149.87 kB