This is first class episcopal double speak.
From THE BURNLEY CITIZEN:
The government is planning to give the green light to same-sex couples to take part in civil ceremonies in religious settings. But the Bishop of Burnley, the Rt Revd John Goddard, has said that the Church of England would not be conducting such ceremonies because ‘it is not part of the Church of England’s teaching pattern’.
He said: “This is not about banning gay people from church. It is simply contrary to the decision made by the Anglican community.
"Gay couples are not permitted to have civil ceremonies in the Church of England.
"We are not judging couples but what we are saying is that it is not part of Church of England teaching pattern.
"We will not be encouraging the confusion between the marriage ceremony, for a man and a woman, and a civil service, which is a marriage-like service for same sex couples.”
COMMENT: So have I got this straight? It's not about judging gay people it's about judging gay people. Now my brain hurts.