In a dramatic reversal, the Church of England officially announced yesterday that it was dropping its opposition to marriage equality.
The announcement came in the form of a short statement released by the Rt. Rev. Tim Stevens, the Bishop of Leicester, who heads the church's delegation in the United Kingdom's House of Lords. In its statement, the church acknowledged the inevitability of marriage equality after landslide votes in Parliament in favor of the freedom to marry:
Both Houses of Parliament have now expressed a clear view by large majorities on the principle that there should be legislation to enable same-sex marriages to take place in England and Wales. It is now the duty and responsibility of the Bishops who sit in the House of Lords to recognise the implications of this decision and to join with other Members in the task of considering how this legislation can be put into better shape.
The bishops will now seek to change the marriage equality bill to include an adultery clause -- which would recognize adultery as valid grounds for divorce -- and a provision ensuring that both same-sex spouses are classified as legal parents in the event the couple has children.