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SeanSantos's Avatar Jump to comment 5 by SeanSantos

Under current law, anyone who is resident in England has a legal right to marry in his or her Church of England parish church irrespective of religious affiliation and the minister of the parish is under a legal duty to conduct the marriage.

It seems like this is the part that CoE actually should be objecting to, doesn't it? Of course as long as they benefit from being intertwined with the government, they are going to find that they have this obligation thrust upon them. A pretty pickle, no? Without their privileged position, the Church would die, but the strings attached to those privileges may force them to change, and to look bad doing so.

This is one of the core strengths of the USA's 1st Amendment; when churches here engage in scaremongering about being forced to perform these marriages, you have something very well known and clear to point to that explains why that won't happen.

Tue, 12 Jun 2012 14:21:52 UTC | #947056