Category - marriage equality

  • 4 Jun 2013

    Quakers in Britain have welcomed the move to pass the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at Second Reading in the House of Lords.

  • 4 Jun 2013

    Members of the House of Lords have voted by more than two to one to back government plans for same-sex marriages in England and Wales.

  • 4 Jun 2013

    The highly important parliamentary discussion of marriage law and equality continues today (4 June 2013), and Ekklesia will be commenting further as details develop.

  • 3 Jun 2013

    Some Christian MPs strongly support marriage equality while others are strongly against it. In the UK and beyond, parliamentary debates on celebrating same-sex partnerships have revealed that – whatever top clerics or elders say – opinion within the churches is divided, says Savitri Hensman, reporting and commenting on the religious and theological views being expressed in parliament.

  • 1 Jun 2013

    In the Daily Telegraph today (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/letters/10092592/Same-sex-marriage.html) 'religious' leaders have seemingly united to protest this government's equal marriage legislation.

  • 31 May 2013

    Nicholas Holtam, the Bishop of Salisbury, has made clear his support for allowing same-sex couples to marry. Officially the Church of England is opposed to equal marriage but many members are in favour. The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, covering England and Wales, is to be debated by the House of Lords.

  • 15 Feb 2013

    Valentine's Day has become a commercial jamboree that all-too-easily encrusts human affections in money-making and mawkishness.

  • 5 Feb 2013

    Predictions that the new Archbishop of Canterbury would make a dramatic attack on the government over its marriage bill have proved wide of the mark.

  • 5 Feb 2013

    In the run-up to a parliamentary debate on 5 February 2013, the thinktank ResPublica has published a paper opposing equal marriage. The authors, Roger Scruton and Phillip Blond, both well-known in Conservative circles, appear to argue that allowing same-sex as well as opposite-sex couples to marry undermines Western civilisation, says Ekklesia associate Savitri Hensman. The paper makes some interesting points, but its case is ultimately flawed and unreliable on practical, theological, historical and legal grounds.

  • 25 Jan 2013

    The UK government's culture secretary, Maria Miller, gave a rather faltering performance on BBC Radio 4's flagship 'Today' programme this morning, answering questions -- or, rather, trying to avoid them -- about the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill.