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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 07:39 AM
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Church of England bans hosting civil partnership ceremonies
The Church of England will not allow its churches to be used for civil partnership ceremonies unless the full General Synod gives consent, it says.

A new law which allows civil partnership ceremonies to be conducted in places of worship in England and Wales comes into effect on Monday.

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The government said no religious group would be forced to hold ceremonies.

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The legal office of the Church says this move does not constitute unlawful discrimination under the Equality Act as marriage and civil partnerships are different services and so legally distinct concepts.
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