Catholic News Service
MANCHESTER, England (CNS) — England’s Catholic leaders have asked politicians to “think again” about redefining marriage to include same-sex couples, but to protect conscience rights if they pass the legislation.
The Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill poses “grave risks to freedom of speech and freedom of religion”, said Archbishops Vincent Nichols of Westminster and Peter Smith of Southwark, president and vice president of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.
“If the bill is to proceed through Parliament, we urge members to ensure it is amended so that these fundamental freedoms we all cherish are clearly and demonstrably safeguarded,” they said in a May 15 statement. The bill was headed for its report stage and third reading in the House of Commons May 20-21. Read more »