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Information for same sex couples
The law prevents ministers of the Church of England from carrying out same-sex marriages. And although there are no authorised services for blessing a same-sex civil marriage, your local church can still support you with prayer.
House of Bishops pastoral guidance on same sex marriage
NEWS / Following their meeting on February 13th 2014 the House of Bishops of the Church of England have today issued a statement of Pastoral Guidance on Same Sex Marriage.
Bishop's Bill calls on MPs to add mothers to marriage certificates
NEWS / House of Lords passes Bill from Bishop of St Albans to end exclusions of mothers’ names from marriage certificates.
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Bishop’s bill to put mothers' names on marriage certificates passes first stage
NEWS / A move to end the “historic injustice” of excluding mothers’ names from marriage certificates has passed its first parliamentary stage in a Private Member's Bill brought by the Bishop of St Albans, Dr Alan Smith.
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Briefing Papers published following the Families and Households Commission Call for Evidence.
Reading of banns
Most Church of England marriages require banns to be read out in church before the wedding can take place. Although a legal requirement, banns can be a special occasion too.
Church of England welcomes publication of Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill
NEWS / The Church of England has welcomed a Bill published today by the Government aimed at speeding up the introduction of the first women diocesan bishops into the House of Lords.
Superintendent Registrars Marriage Schedule
Some couples will need to apply for a Superintendent Registrar’s Marriage Schedule before their wedding instead of having banns. Read on for an outline of when you might need this, and what to expect when applying for one.