General Synod votes to retain marriage banns

Feb 14, 2017 by

The General Synod has rejected moves to end the legal requirement to read banns for couples intending to marry in church services. Members voted against a Private Member’s Motion brought by Rev Stephen Trott, from Peterborough Diocese, calling for draft legislation to be drawn up to transfer...

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Lone parents cause child poverty

Feb 14, 2017 by

by Kathy Gyngell, TCW: Sir Paul Coleridge’s devastating account of the decline of marriage and the inexorable rise of lone parenthood and cohabitation should give Mrs May’s ‘social reform’ team at Number Ten pause for thought. What’s crystal clear is that Britain’s rising level of illegitimacy – a...

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The Government must do more to support marriage

Feb 10, 2017 by

by Sir Paul Coleridge, Conservative Home: International Marriage Week runs from the 7th to 14th of February. This year is its 20th anniversary and Marriage Foundation is in charge of promoting it. Its purpose is to provide an annual focus on the importance to the family and society of marriage. It...

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Marriage may be changing, but it is for Parliament, not judges, to alter its definition

Feb 10, 2017 by

Telegraph Editorial: This week is Marriage Week, an annual celebration of the institution that was once the bedrock of society. But in the past 40 years, the number of unmarried couples living together has risen rapidly. In 1996, there were fewer than three million people cohabiting; by 2015, the...

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Now Lady Hale strikes another blow against what’s left of marriage

Feb 9, 2017 by

by Jill Kirby, TCW: This might be International Marriage Week but the Supreme Court has just laid down another reason why couples should not bother to get married. The Court has ruled that the local government pension scheme in Northern Ireland must award a “widow’s pension” to a...

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This new study shows how important it is for kids to have married parents

Feb 8, 2017 by

by Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, The Week: Every society’s holiest duty is ensuring that all its children thrive to the greatest extent possible. But while almost everyone will agree in a bland way that it’s important to care for our children, it’s striking how little our kids feature...

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