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Consultation Briefing

03/05/2012 4:15 pm

The Bishops’ Conference is gravely concerned about the Government’s proposal to introduce same-sex marriage.

Archbishops Vincent Nichols and Peter Smith have already set out their concerns in terms of Catholic teaching by a joint letter read in churches before Easter. This is not a debate about religious belief; it is a debate about what marriage means and what is in the best interest of society as a whole.

Key Points

Marriage is a bond of one man and one woman, for life, because that creates the best environment in which to create and raise children

Marriage is not just about the couple, but about the long term common good of the family and society

This is not about religious belief or gay rights: it is about the meaning of civil marriage for the whole of society

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