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GB news − 13th June

No 10 defends gay marriage plans; Downing Street receives petition supporting traditional marriage; Text of C of E Response to the Government Equalities Office Consultation -“Equal Civil Marriage”; Christian doctor slams GMC over disciplinary proceedings  
No 10 defends gay marriage plans
Downing Street defends plans to allow gay and lesbian couples in England and Wales to get married amid criticism from the Church of England.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18412222

Downing Street receives petition supporting traditional marriage
Christian Today – Half a million signatures supporting the traditional definition of marriage are being handed in to Downing Street today. The petition by the Coalition for Marriage supports the legal definition of marriage as the “voluntary union for life of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others” and expresses opposition to any attempt to redefine it. It was signed by over 550,000 people. While the list of signatories will be submitted to Downing Street, the full petition of names and addresses will be handed in to the Home Office as it is too large to deliver to No 10, filling more than 30 A4 boxes.
http://www.christiantoday.com/article/coalition4marriage.petition.submitted.to.downing.street/30035.htm

Text of C of E Response to the Government Equalities Office Consultation -“Equal Civil Marriage”-  
C of E Media – In its submission to the Government consultation on same-sex marriage, which closes on June 14, the Church of England states it cannot support the proposal to enable “all couples, regardless of their gender, to have a civil marriage ceremony”. Full text of statement at:
http://www.churchofengland.org/media-centre/news/2012/06/a-response-to-the-government-equalities-office-consultation-%E2%80%9Cequal-civil-marriage%E2%80%9D-.aspx

Full text of statement at:
http://www.churchofengland.org/our-views/marriage,-family-and-sexuality-issues/same-sex-marriage.aspx

Christian doctor slams GMC over disciplinary proceedings  
Christian Today – A Christian GP who talked about Jesus with a patient has accused the General Medical Council of denying him a proper hearing. Dr Richard Scott was first reported to the GMC in September 2010 for discussing his faith with a patient toward the end of a private consultation at Bethesda Medical Centre in Margate, Kent.

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/christian.doctor.slams.gmc.over.disciplinary.proceedings/30043.htm