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MP welcomes Government’s same-sex marriage consultation

BOSTON’S MP has welcomed the Government’s decision to consult on introducing marriage for same-sex couples – as long as the changes do not impact on religious marriage.

Boston and Skegness MP Mark Simmonds said: “Churches and other religious institutions should not be forced to host ceremonies that go against their beliefs.

“Society is strengthened when couples make commitments to each other.”

The Government is currently looking to open up marriage to same-sex couples, who can currently enter into civil partnerships.

It has sparked a big debate with the head of the Catholic Church in Scotland labelleing the changes ‘madness’ in a letter to the Sunday Telegraph.

On Sunday, letters from Archbishop Vincent Nichols, the leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, and Archbishop Peter Smith, the Archbishop of Southwark were read out during mass in around 2,500 parishes.

They told worshippers they had a duty to resist the planned changes.

When asked by The Standard, a spokesman at St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, on Horncastle Road, Boston, declined to reveal whether the letter from the Archbishop of Westminster was read out during its service.

The 12-week consultation period will be launched this week by Lynne Featherstone, the Liberal Democrat equalities minister.

 

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