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New Archbishop backs state's right to decide

Mon 25 Mar 2013 In: New Zealand Daily News View at NDHA

Philip Richardson The newly-elected archbishop of the Anglican Church in New Zealand believes the state has the right to decide who can and cannot be legally married. The Bishop of Taranaki, Philip Richardson, was elected on Saturday and will jointly head the church with two other archbishops from 1 May. He’s told Radio New Zealand he believes the state has the right to decide who can and cannot be legally married - but that doesn't mean religions will share that view. The Anglican Church in New Zealand is carrying out informal discussions and a formal commission to help work out its stance on gay couples being married. He says that’s likely to be ready in 2014, as it is important to get a wide range of views. Richardson has not spoken publicly either for or against marriage equality.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Monday, 25th March 2013 - 10:49am

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