Senior Church of England bishops in the House of Lords say that they will now support an amendment to the Equality Bill to lift the ban on civil partnership ceremonies taking place on religious premises.
Rowan Williams has given a clear account of where the church stands on the Equality Bill, says Simon Sarmiento. It rejects the very concept of putting any limiting definition of its exemptions into law. But is it thereby opening a massive legal can of worms?
In a speech aimed at calming the warring factions within the C of E and the worldwide Anglican Communion, Rowan Williams apologised to gay people but said that unelected bishops were right to oppose equality legislation.
Iain McLean FBA, Professor of Politics at Oxford University and author of What's Wrong with the British Constitution? highlights inconsistencies in the arguments of the bishops in the recent votes on amendments to the Equality Bill.
The Cutting Edge Consortium, which brings together people of all faiths and none to support the Equality Bill currently going through the British Parliament, has criticised the Pope's recent comments on the issue of discrimination.
The bishops' highly publicised defence of discrimination in the Equality bill damages the image of the church, says Savi Hensman. Their political victory in the House of Lords this week is a moral and spiritual defeat.
The Accord Coalition for inclusive schooling has been joined by several major organisations in expressing grave concerns over the extent to which taxpayer-funded faith schools can currently discriminate against teaching staff.
Human rights campaigners, trades unions and several religious groups have reacted with dismay to a House of Lords vote allowing religious organisations greater exemptions from anti-discrimination law in matters of employment.
The government has agreed to consider measures to give legal recognition to religious same-sex partnership ceremonies, after the proposal received support in the House of Lords. No religious elements are currently allowed in civil partnerships.