In a dramatic development, the House of Lords has voted to allow the use of religious premises and religious language in same-sex partnerships. Peers voted in favour of the proposal by 93 votes to 21, despite government opposition.
Four bishops will be amongst the protestors at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in Aldermaston, Berkshire next week. Hundreds of people of many faiths and of none are preparing to blockade the site on Monday 15 February.
Having unelected male religious leaders from one denomination in an unelected legislative chamber is unfair, inappropriate and contrary to the Christian message of equality and justice, an audience in parliament heard this week.
In a historic and controversial move, the Episcopal Church in the USA, part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, has voted to remove the bar on priests in monogamous same-sex relationships from becoming bishops.
Members of the Church of England's General Synod have been told that it is 'highly unlikely' that a vote to allow women to become bishops will be taken before 2010. In the meantime the UK Parliament will continue to be the only democracy in the world with places exclusively reserved for men.