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C of E: Individuals might be sued under gay marriage law

William FittallFrom The Christian Institute

People of faith may be at risk of litigation if marriage is redefined, the Church of England’s most senior official has warned MPs.
William Fittall cautioned that it was not just religious organisations that could be affected by the legislation.
 
Mr Fittall made the comments in front of a committee of MPs who are considering the details of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
 
Speaking yesterday, Mr Fittall said: “It is important not to underestimate the risk of litigation more generally in this area”.
 
He commented: “That’s not just in relation to the activities of religious organisations but people of faith. This is, like it or not, an area of culture wars.”
 
Mr Fittall also challenged the claims of Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, who said common sense would stop problems happening in schools.
 
Mr Fittall, the Secretary General of the Church’s General Synod, said: “If everybody approached this with common sense, all would be well.”
 
But he said the problem was that “not everybody does approach this with reasonableness and common sense”.
 
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