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Same-sex civil partnership ceremonies in churches to take place from December

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Issued on behalf of Christian Concern


Press Release

For Immediate Release

2 November 2011

Same-sex civil partnership ceremonies in churches to take place from December
The equalities minister, Lynne Featherstone MP, will announce that homosexuals will be able to take part in civil partnership ceremonies in churches from as early as this December.

No church will initially be compelled to offer the services, she will say. However, churches that do not agree to offer them are likely to be put under huge pressure to change their policy by campaign groups. It is almost certain that homosexual campaigners will commence litigation against churches that refuse.

The move to introduce civil partnerships in churches has the full backing of Prime Minister David Cameron, who has also promised to introduce full homosexual marriage by 2015, ending the legal definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Andrea Williams, CEO of Christian Concern, said:

“This is all part of a wider, radical social and political agenda to re-define marriage and force this re-definition on everybody, whether they want it or not. Such a re-definition will affect the whole of society profoundly, and has severe repercussions for the family.”

“In addition, this move is likely to open the door towards severe restrictions on religious liberty which will have implications for everyone, but especially pastors, vicars and church leaders, who could in the future be forced to undertake these ceremonies against their beliefs.

“In no way are there sufficient protections for those who object on the grounds of conscience to providing this service. At Christian Concern we have no doubt about what will happen. Churches will inevitably be coerced into performing these ceremonies, and those that don’t will be vilified and sued. Nobody will seriously believe the Government’s assurances to the contrary, given the way in which previous assurances on civil partnerships have been shattered.

“With the Prime Minister also backing plans to introduce full homosexual marriage soon, the church at large needs to wake up very fast, or else church leaders who believe that marriage is between a man and a woman may well lose their liberty to continue acting according to that belief, and may be forced in the future to resign their positions.”


For further information / interview:
Andrea Minichiello Williams (CEO Christian Concern): 07712 591164


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