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Church of England bishops refuse to support same-sex marriage

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Church of England bishops have rejected calls to allow clergy to conduct same-sex marriages, despite it being legal in the country since 2013.

Instead, they have proposed that couples who get married in a civil ceremony may have their union blessed in church. This suggestion will be debated at the Church’s equivalent of a parliament, the General Synod, in February.

It comes after bishops met on 17 January to finalise their recommendations on same-sex marriage after five years of consultation and debate.

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