Parliament

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.

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