Same-sex marriage controversy in the UK

According to online reports in The Guardian, the UK government’s consultation on equal civil marriage ends today. In the meantime, the Church of England is warning that “it must be very doubtful whether limiting same-sex couples to non-religious forms and ceremonies could withstand a challenge under the European Convention on Human Rights“. See http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/jun/12/gay-marriage-receive-ministerial-approval.

Meanwhile, these reports continue, British cabinet ministers “have pledged to push through legislation to give same-sex couples equal rights to get married despite mounting opposition from within the Conservative party and the threat of a split with the Church of England.

“Following a day in which it emerged that the Home Office has had more than 100,000 responses to its consultation, a petition against gay marriage has been signed by more than half a million people, and a poll by leading gay rights group Stonewall showed that four out of five people under 50 support the move to legalise gay marriage, one of the government’s few openly gay minsters appealed for more ‘calm’ in the debate and for supporters of the move to show respect for opponents.”

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