Scottish and English bishops at odds over gay rights24 February 2012
A split has emerged between the Scottish and English bishops over their position on civil partnerships and how best to oppose gay marriage.
This week the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales said there was no need for the British Government to introduce gay marriage because gay couples have the legal protection of civil partnerships.
But the Scottish bishops have said such an approach is mistaken as campaigners in favour of gay marriage are determined to see a change in the law.
In their formal response to the Scottish government's consultation on the introduction of gay marriage the Bishops' Conference of Scotland said civil partnerships were an attempt to 're-order' the understanding of marriage.
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