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Setback for traditional marriage in House of Lords; bishops call for religious-liberty protections

June 07, 2013

The United Kingdom moved closer to altering the definition of marriage when the House of Lords, by a 390-148 margin, rejected an attempt to table same-sex marriage legislation.

“The Church’s principled objection to the legal re-definition of marriage is consistently and clearly set out,” the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales responded in a statement.

“Following the bill’s second reading in the House of Lords, the Church’s aim is to ensure the bill, as it goes to committee stage, is amended so that it effectively delivers the protections that the government promised to provide for schools, religious organizations and individuals.”

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  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Jun. 07, 2013 7:38 PM ET USA

    When Henry VIII suppressed the monasteries and began selling land and titles to finance his elaborate building and bellicose projects, he set the stage for the total rejection of Church and morality. The "lords" know only their own self-advancement, not the Lord. May God have mercy on their souls.

  • Posted by: Defender - Jun. 07, 2013 1:41 PM ET USA

    Perhaps the UK bishops are just taking their lead from the U.S. bishops.

  • Posted by: geoffreysmith1 - Jun. 07, 2013 6:24 AM ET USA

    “Following the bill’s second reading in the House of Lords, the Church’s aim is to ensure the bill, as it goes to committee stage, is amended so that it effectively delivers the protections that the government promised to provide for schools, religious organizations and individuals.” Gobbledegook. The Catholic Church in the UK should be strenuously opposing the very implementation of this ridiculous - and grossly immoral - law, and not pussyfooting around trying to sweet-talk the Government.