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3 years ago  ::  Apr 21, 2012 - 9:19AM #1
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The modern world is recognizing that there is no rationale for excluding same-sex couples from the legal benefits from state certified marriage.   

My question is whether the state authorization will put more pressure on the English State church to preform same-sex marriages.  

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3 years ago  ::  Apr 21, 2012 - 2:55PM #2
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Civil marriage and holy matrimony are two different things. No church, or clergy in a church, should be forced or bullied into blessing what is believed to be sinful. Your last statement is exactly why most people are against SS unions (I'm not putting the word "marriage" or letter M next to it anymore) in the first place, because it would lead to pressure to bless sin.

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3 years ago  ::  Apr 21, 2012 - 5:20PM #3
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I've read that there's a provision in the law exempting churches and clergy from performing SSM if this violates doctrine, discipline or conscience of the church or clergyperson.

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