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Church of England warning on gay marriage

Published: Tuesday, June 12 2012 1:16 p.m. MDT

Responding to a consultation in England and Wales, the Church of England said government proposals to allow same-sex marriages by 2015 would Responding to a consultation in England and Wales, the Church of England said government proposals to allow same-sex marriages by 2015 would "alter the intrinsic nature of marriage as the union of a man and a woman, as enshrined in human institutions throughout history" (Shutterstock.com)

Our take: With all of the dispute in the United States about same-sex marriage, the Church of England is taking a stand on the issue.

It says giving civil ceremonies the status of marriage would "alter the intrinsic nature of marriage as the union of a man and a woman".

The Home Office said religious bodies would not have to conduct gay marriages but the Church also fears this could be challenged in European courts.

Gay rights campaigners accuse the Church of "scaremongering".

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