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News: UK

Tue 12 Jun, 2012
By Robert Ingham


The plan has provoked anger from church leaders including the head of the Roman Catholic Church in England

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The Church of England attacked government's plan to allow gay couples to marry, saying on Tuesday it was ill thought out and risked creating the biggest rift between the state and the Church for centuries.

Prime Minister David Cameron's government wants to extend the full legal status of marriage to homosexuals, who have since 2005 been able to have civil partnerships.

The plan has provoked anger from church leaders including the head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and some within Cameron's own Conservative party who accuse the government of interfering in religious matters.

In its formal response to the proposals, the Church of England said the move would change the "intrinsic nature of marriage as the union of a man and a woman".



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