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Mr Newton, Bishop of Richborough, said his difficulties with the Cof E went further than the ordination of women.
‘There has been a more lax attitude towards moral issues.
They offered the allegiance of their whole hearts and minds and souls, and also "with that allegiance the Anglican patrimony that has been ours in so far as it is compatible with, acceptable to and an enhancement of Catholic teaching and worship".
Equality minister Lynne Featherstone said last week the churches did not own marriage law.
In a key speech on human rights, the head of the Anglican Church put his weight behind other leading clergy who have launched a powerful campaign to prevent David Cameron from going ahead with his plan to allow the full rights of marriage to same-sex couples.
Dr Williams’s statement means the Prime Minister now knows he will face opposition from the liberal-minded leadership of the Church of England – as well as its determined traditionalists – if he continues on the track towards legalised gay marriage.
She added a same-sex marriage law would be ‘about the underlying principles of family, society and personal freedoms’.
He added human rights language could be ‘confused and artificial’ when it strayed from protecting the vulnerable.