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    British Same-Sex Couples Allowed To Host Civil Unions In Churches, But Anglicans Refute Ruling

    By Al Webb, Religion News Service - November 2, 2011

    LONDON - The British government said Wednesday (Nov. 2) that same-sex couples will be allowed for the first time to use churches to seal their civil partnership vows, starting in December.

    But the directive added that no religious group will be forced to conduct or host such a ceremony, and the Church of England quickly announced it would permit no such rites on its premises.

    In a statement, the church said it "has no intention of allowing civil partnerships to be registered" in its churches. [Read Full Story]