Every argument presented here against changing the Anglican church marriage
canon echoes the long-dead protests against ordaining women clergy.
The Catholic church, unlike the Church in Wales, hasn't canvassed views on same-sex church marriage
in a straw poll, but if Ireland's 62% vote in favour of state gay marriages earlier this year is anything to go by, views are rapidly changing Churches can either provide sanctuary for those who want to remain in aspic surrounded by people of similar thinking until they all grow extinct, or they can open their arms and embrace the changing - often more generous - views of the many hanging onto their faith by the fingertips.
A frequent explanation given in many interviews is that according to Catholic church teaching, the significance of sacramental church marriage
is that it is open to having children by the man and woman concerned.
Some people have made a business out of church marriage
annulments, he said.
Hundreds attended their church marriage
in Offchurch, Warks.
having a church marriage
-- which he had only out of faith in Christianity.
He said the Church could not condone any partnership outside a church marriage
, which could not have surprised anyone.
However, those who participate in a civil marriage, if they are believers, are obliged to rectify their status by conducting a church marriage
in order to be able to participate in the church's other sacraments.
Fellow miner Esteban Rojas promised his wife he would finally buy her a wedding dress as soon as he gets out, and hold a church marriage
ceremony, 25 years after they wed in a registry office.
We have to prove to a church marriage
tribunal that our first marriage was not sacramental--that it was not valid in God's eyes--even though it was valid in the eyes of the state.
She also is past chair of the Killearn United Methodist Church Council and co-chair of the Killearn United Methodist Church Marriage
Even when they are told that this is not so, many say they are frightened of being exposed as non-believers by God if they insist on a church marriage