The Catholic voices are not alone…
Originally posted on Catholic Voices Comment:
On the eve of the parliamentary debate on the Government’s gay marriage bill, the Church of England — which solemnises about a quarter of all marriages in the UK — has sent a briefing to MPs urging them to vote against. Beginning his first official day in the office, the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will be giving interviews today to put the Church’s position.
Like the Catholic Church’s own briefing to MPs last week, the Anglican briefing emphasises the social purpose and meaning of marriage as a heterosexual union. Marriage, says the document,
is a social institution that predates both church and state and is the glue that has bound countless successive societies together. It benefits society in many ways, by promoting mutuality and fidelity, and by acknowledging an underlying biological complementarity that includes, for many couples, the possibility of children. While marriage has evolved as an institution in many other ways these aspects have remained constant.