From THE TELEGRAPH:
Lord Harries of Pentregarth, who retired as Bishop of Oxford in 2006, said it was not too late for the church to give its blessing to civil partnerships.
He said: "The Churches have only themselves to blame for their current predicament, in which they face a major rewriting of the law on marriage. Instead of at first opposing civil partnerships, and then only accepting them grudgingly with gritted teeth, they should have welcomed them warmly from the first and immediately proposed services of commitments and blessing in church. They should do this even now."
Yesterday, the British Jewry's Reform movement, which represents around 60,000 Jews in the UK, publicly gave its support to gay marriage. Liberal Judaism, the Unitarians and the Quakers have also backed the reforms.
Bishop Harries was the bloke who offered Jeffrey John the bishopric of Reading. He can be a bit stuffy at times but the man has a down to earth mind that is usually well in tune with the mind of Christ in my opinion. He is a Runciite, and the Church of England is in sore need at this time of leaders with Runcie's integrity, wisdom and bravery even when hidden behind a rather wimpish exterior.