C of E Gay Marriages
The Church of England Bishops seem to have got their purple knickers in a twist. But I know a way they can relax and untangle them (This metaphor has gone quite far enough!)
France has the right solution. Even Roman Catholics cannot get married in church in France: everyone has to be married by the state. Then a newly married couple (maybe just an hour ago) can go to their church and have a Nuptial Mass, which the RC Church regards as the “real” wedding.
So, since the British Government seems almost certain to carry its proposal to allow full gay marriages, what is to stop sympathetic C of E priests telling all couples, gay or straight, to go and get married by the registrar, and then come to church for the “real” wedding. I would suggest Nuptial High Masses, with full orchestra, for any couple of God’s children, straight or gay, who want to stand at their Father’s altar and pledge their love for each other.
The other (cunning) benefit to such clergy is that they would not (as at the moment) have to send marriage fees to the Diocese, but can keep for their own discretionary fund, any donations given them for marriage blessings. And the donations, out of gratitude, would be far greater than any paltry fees!
If all this proves too much for the poor English, the Scottish Bishops should step in and open a Scottish Episcopal church in London. They would be allowed to marry same-sex couples, just like the Quakers or any other church (except the C of E!). For the males, kilts would of course be compulsory!