News, comments and statements

On 25 January 2013, the government published the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill. In this section, you can read the latest news, comments and statements on this piece of legislation as it passes through parliament. If you want to know what an individual bishop has said on this subject, please use our linked diocesan map to visit the relevant local website.

17/07/2013 3:44 pm

Statement on the passing of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act

In receiving Royal Assent, the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act marks a watershed in English law and heralds a profound social change. This fact is acknowledged by both advocates and opponents of the Act. 

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05/06/2013 12:17 pm

Comment on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill’s second reading in the House of Lords

"The Church’s principled objection to the legal re-definition of marriage is consistently and clearly set out. Following the Bill’s second reading in the House of Lords, the Church’s aim is to ensure the Bill, as it goes to committee stage, is amended so that it effectively delivers the protections that the Government promised to provide for schools, religious organisations and individuals."

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15/05/2013 1:05 pm

Comment by Archbishop Vincent Nichols and Archbishop Peter Smith on Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill

We urge members of the House of Commons to think again about the long-term consequences of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in deciding how to vote at the report stage and third reading debates next week (20-21 May). 

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05/02/2013 10:36 pm

Vice-President of Bishops' Conference Comments on Second Reading of Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill

The Most Rev Peter Smith, Archishop of Southwark and Vice-President of the Bishops' Conference, has commented on the second reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.

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29/01/2013 2:00 pm

Catholic Bishops brief MPs on why Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill should be opposed

Catholic Bishops today urged members of Parliament to oppose the Marriage (Same sex couples) Bill at Second Reading as it distributed a briefing to MPs and Peers. 

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25/01/2013 3:00 pm

Statement on Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill

Comment on behalf of the Bishops by Archbishop Peter Smith, Vice President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. 

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