THE Archbishop of Canterbury will call on the government this week to make further concessions in the same-sex marriage bill to protect those with moral objections to gay and lesbian weddings.What about Justin Welby's pastoral duty to all the members of the Church of England? What about Justin's earlier words of praise for gay relationships? "You see gay relationships that are just stunning in the quality of the relationship." And yet, he will say that the people in England "with moral objections" need to be protected from same-sex couples in "stunning" relationships being allowed to marry. How likely is it that teachers in faith schools will be forced to promote gay marriage? Such fear as is demonstrated in the concerns of Christian opponents of same-sex marriage, including Justin Welby, is quite troubling. For heaven's sake, if you want protection against same-sex marriage, then don't marry a person of the same sex.
In a significant intervention during a debate in the House of Lords, Justin Welby is expected to urge ministers to ensure that faith schools and teachers who do not wish to promote gay marriage in class will be able to refuse to do so without penalty.
Welby, the head of the Church of England, is likely to reiterate the objections of the church to gays and lesbians being allowed to marry and his support for traditional marriage.
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