The only people who can speak on my behalf are those who I have given permission to do so. Sometimes this is explicit and sometimes I give the right to speak on my behalf through participating in an election. Sometimes, as in the case of my membership of the Church of England, I give an organisation the right to speak on my behalf. But when I do that I do so expecting the organisation to follow its own rules. I do not hand my permission to speak on my behalf over to some invisible entity that decides what I'm supposed to think without any consultation of the people who represent the mind of the membership of the Church in its synodical processes.
What I want to know is what the feck (who the feck) this Church of England is that keeps "officially" telling the government what the Church of England believes about this and that matter? For example:
Allowing same-sex couples to marry will create few new rights for homosexuals but it will spell legal confusion for the rest of society as the definition of marriage will have to change for everyone, the Church of England said last night. (THE TELEGRAPH)
I can't remember this being discussed at any synodical level of the Church of England. And, anyway, it can't be right because I'm not in the slightest bit confused (and believe me, I am very easily confused).
So please Church of England, whoever you are, stop it!
But if you absolutely have to say something on my behalf, please tell the truth.