Background and Response

19/03/2012 3:45 pm

Just Married

The Home Office has launched its consultation on Equal Civil Marriage which seeks to extend the right to a civil marriage to same sex couples.

Same sex couples already enjoy the benefits provided by civil partnerships. Extending marriage to include same-sex partnerships would fundamentally redefine the meaning of marriage. The consequences of this should be taken seriously now.

A change in the law would gradually and inevitably transform society’s understanding of the purpose of marriage. It would reduce it just to the commitment of the two people involved. There would be no recognition of the complementarity of male and female or that marriage is intended for the procreation and education of children. We have a duty to married people today, and to those who come after us, to do all we can to ensure that the true meaning of marriage is not lost for future generations.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols and Archbishop Peter Smith


Bishops' Response

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has responded to the Government consultation on same-sex marriage. Read more


Consultation: Sample Responses

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The government's consultation has 16 questions. Specific advice is offered on questions 1, 2 and 5.