Anglican Bishops in the UK Back Lifting Ban on Gay Partnerships in Church http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article7037062.ece
Shubha Bala, associate producer
Since 2005, same-sex union ceremonies in the UK have been forbidden from mentioning anything religious at all. This has basically banned religious groups (like the Quakers) from consensually performing civil unions for their gay members. It looks like senior bishops in the UK are now backing an amendment to lift this ban, allowing religious institutions to perform same-sex partnerships if they choose. Some Christian groups fear this is a step towards forcing the church to perform gay marriages in the future.