civil partnerships

Archbishop welcomes safeguards against legal challenges over CPs in churches

Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark today welcomed the assurances given in last Thursday's debate on allowing civil partnerships on religious premises (see previous post). He said:

Peers abandon challenge after minister's reassurances over CPs in churches

An amendment tabled by peers anxious at churches being forced to allow civil partnership ceremonies -- see previous post -- was yesterday dropped after a Home Office minister gave explicit reassurances that there was no legal basis for a challenge.

Bishops call for clearer safeguards on new rules allowing civil partnerships in churches

New regulations allowing civil partnerships to be celebrated on religious premises "can have no effect on Catholic churches" because consent to allow such ceremonies must be explicitly given. But the Government should be pressed to give a more explicit reassurance, according to a Briefing Note sent to peers by the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales last week.

The Note was issued in advance of a motion to be debated tomorrow in the House of Lords which disapproves of the new regulations, known as the Ali amendment, which came into force on 5 December.

'Keep focus on marriage': Archbishop Nichols spells out position on civil partnerships

Following a lecture organised by the Thomas More Institute on Wednesday 7 December, the Archbishop of Westminster responded to recent criticism of his remarks on civil partnerships.

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