I have been preparing, writes Fr Nicholas, for some teaching on the effects of the Marriage (Same sex couples) Act 2013, and the confusion it has caused about so called ‘gay marriage’. The House of Bishops of the Church of England produced a quite superb response to the Bill at the consultation stage; two years later they produced an abject and embarrassing response to the Act itself. Only one of these is now still available online. Guess which?
To remedy that lack, here is their Response, produced in full consultation with legal and other experts, in June 2012; so effective that it completely changed the whole make-up of the Act: