CA accuses Church House of misrepresentation in the C of E statement on Equal Marriage

Changing Attitude England Press release Correspondence between William Fittall, Secretary General of the General Synod and Colin Coward, Director of Changing Attitude England 14 June 2012 Dear Colin I entirely understand why you want to be critical of the submission that the Archbishops sent the Home Secretary on same sex marriage but am a bit […]

Religious groups urge David Cameron to maintain equal marriage support

Quakers in Britain, Unitarians and Liberal Judaism have written to the Prime Minister urging him to see through his commitment to change marriage laws to enable gay couples to marry and asking him to allow them to perform gay weddings. The groups have written an open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron as the government’s […]

Lynne Featherstone say churches will not be sued under gay civil marriage proposals

Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone has pledged there will be ‘no risk of successful legal challenge’ against religious bodies who are unable to marry gay couples as a result of the government’s gay civil marriage proposals. Ms Featherstone reaffirmed the government’s position while responding to an oral question in the House of Commons from Conservative MP […]

Church of England publishes initial response to Government consultation on same-sex marriage

The Church of England/Archbishops’ Council will study the Government’s consultation on whether to redefine marriage to accommodate those of the same sex and respond in detail in due course. The following summary of the Church of England’s position has been posted at “The Church of England is committed to the traditional understanding of the […]

Equal civil marriage consultation

The promised Government consultation, which outlines plans to enable same-sex couples to have a civil marriage ceremony, was launched on Thursday 15 March. A full copy  of the consultation document can be accessed on the Home Office website – The Government recognises that there are a wide range of views on this issue and […]

Changing Attitude welcomes Government’s Civil Partnership in religious premises document

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The Home Office has today published the draft regulations to allow civil partnership registrations to take place in religious premises. The document summarises the responses received to the consultation process to which Changing Attitude contributed. Lynne Featherstone, the Equalities Minister, confirmed regulations should be in place by the end of 2011. The document proposes the […]

Scottish government launches marriage equality consultation

The Scottish government has launched its promised consultation on marriage equality. The SNP-led government says it is considering whether to allow “religious ceremonies for civil partnerships and the possible introduction of same sex marriage”. It is also seeking views on whether heterosexual couples should be permitted to have civil partnerships. The introduction to the paper, […]

Civil Partnerships in Church of England churches

The Government has issued a Consultation document on allowing Civil Partnerships to be held in religious buildings. The Archbishop of Canterbury and an anonymous CofE spokesperson have both previously said it isn’t going to be allowed. Changing Attitude will respond positively to the government’s Consultation and will also begin to campaign actively for the Church […]

Government consultation on civil partnerships in religious premises published

The Government Equalities Office has today published a consultation document seeking views on their proposals to enable faith groups to host civil partnership registrations on religious premises. This consultation begins today and ends on 23 June 2011. Subject to the outcome of the consultation, religious premises could apply to be approved as a place where […]