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A leading cleric has hit out at the Government after it emerged the Church of England and Church in Wales were not consulted over being banned from performing same-sex weddings.
The Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, said: "I think it really curtails our freedom as a Church to do what we think might be right and to regard the marriage of gays as a criminal act; that doesn't help anybody, it certainly doesn't help the church, or gay people either."
The Church of England was not consulted over proposals to make it illegal for them to perform equal marriages, its lead spokesperson in the House of Lords has said.
The Right Rev Tim Stevens expressed "complete shock" at the Government's plan, which would make the Church of England and the Church in Wales the only religious organisations legally blocked from conducting the ceremonies.
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