March 17, 2012
Church of England lawyers say a law to allow same-sex marriages in England would force Christians to conduct gay weddings in church, the Daily Mail reports. As Parliament seems "in due course to legislate for same-sex marriage, as recently suggested by the Prime Minister," CofE lawyers insist that existing equality laws would make churches offer weddings to gay couples if the law permitted them to marry. The equality laws, introduced in 2007 and then enshrined in the 2010 Equality Act, have already disrupted 11 Roman Catholic adoption agencies because they are no longer allowed to decline to place children with gay couples. However, Prime Minister David Cameron has repeatedly stated that no church would be compelled to provide same-sex marriage ceremonies.