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Same-Sex Marriage Bill Soon on London Docket

Posted: Dec. 13th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse

The British government is set to introduce a new bill in London that would simultaneously legalize gay marriage – a controversial action that has been a long time source for fierce debate and opposition in the U.S. – but ban the Church of England from conducting them; a solution many hope will avoid the selfsame controversy that currently overwhelms the U.K.'s cultural neighbor.

The British government announced Tuesday that it will introduce a bill next year legalizing gay marriage — but banning the Church of England from conducting same-sex ceremonies.

Equalities minister Maria Miller said the legislation would authorize same-sex civil marriages, as well as religious ceremonies if religions decide to ‘‘opt in.’’

‘‘I feel strongly that, if a couple wish to show their love and commitment to each other, the state should not stand in their way,’’ Miller said.

‘‘For me, extending marriage to same-sex couples will strengthen, not weaken, this vital institution.’’

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