In a debate on the Today Programme on Monday February 14, Rev Rod Thomas, chair of Reform, challenged Rev Colin Coward on the perverse consequences if legislation were passed to compel all church buildings to be available for civil partnerships to be formed.
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Rod Thomas: This is moving towards changing the understanding of what marriage is all about. They want Civil Partnerships to be seen as marriage. The Bible teaches us that marriage is a union between a man and a woman and from that union come children. That cannot happen in a same-sex relationship.