ITV News has obtained evidence that the Church of England is privately acknowledging same-sex partnerships, by conducting blessings for gay couples.
Officially the Church is against the government's gay marriage plans.
A Church report today said vicars should offer support to gay couples but not blessings.
ITV News Social Afffairs Editor Penny Marshall, reports:
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