Following the ban on Christian Concern's conference last year in the Law Society's London HQ, after Wednesday's mediation Christian Concern has issued the following statement:
Thank you for praying about our mediation with the Law Society on Wednesday.
Christian Concern and the Law Society have agreed upon the following joint statement:
•Christian Concern and the Law Society are pleased to announce that agreement has been reached in relation to the cancellation of the conference on marriage dated 23 May 2012.
•Both parties uphold the right and freedoms of other members of society based on the principles of a democratic society and debate, which respects the dignity and rights and freedoms of others.
•To this end, the Law Society has announced it will organise a full debate on the issue of same sex marriage in which a number of eminent speakers will attend, including a speaker from Christian Concern.
•Both parties respect the fact that views exist in society of those who believe that marriage is between a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, and those who believe that marriage should be between two adults regardless of their gender.
•The Law Society, without endorsing the views of Christian Concern, acknowledges that those views, which Christian Concern bases on Biblical principles, are sincerely held and that Christian Concern is entitled to hold and express those views.
•The Law Society welcomes bookings from Christian Concern in the future.
We're thankful that we can use the premises and we're looking forward to the debate on marriage (we'll announce details in due course).
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