As you probably all know, the UK has allowed civil partnerships for some time. However, when the bill became law the Church of England bishops (who for stupid, arcane reasons have a voice in our government) insisted that they would not allow such things in their churches, and no other religion should be allowed to do so either. At long last someone has pointed out to them that this amounts to religious discrimination, and that if, say, Quakers, or Unitarians, or some Jews, want to bless the union of same-sex couples they should be allowed to do so. As The Guardian explains, the law may finally be about to be changed.
Of course what the bishops are afraid of is that they’ll lose congregations to other Christian churches who are less bigoted. But they are equally afraid of losing congregations to the Catholics if they stop being bigoted. Time to come off the fence, Archbishop?
(Also kudos to the Bishop of Salisbury for being the only serving bishop to have signed the letter to The Times, though I do wonder why so many ex-bishops are sensible when serving ones are not.)