Catholic Bishops: Gay marriage 'marks watershed in law'

The Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales said that the passing of same-sex marriage into law "marks a watershed in English law and heralds a profound social change."

Archbishop of Westminster the Most Rev Vincent Nichols and the Archbishop of Southwark Peter Smith said in a statement: "The new Act breaks the existing legal links between the institution of marriage and sexual complementarity.

Archbishop of Westminster the Most Rev Vincent Nichols.
Archbishop of Westminster the Most Rev Vincent Nichols. Credit: Arthur Edwards/PA Wire

"With this new legislation, marriage has now become an institution in which openness to children, and with it the responsibility on fathers and mothers to remain together to care for children born into their family unit, are no longer central.

"That is why we were opposed to this legislation on principle."

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Gay marriage passes into law

Gay marriage has officially become law in England and Wales.The Bill, which despite opposition was heavily backed by both MPs and peers, has finished its passage through Parliament.