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June 24, 2012
By Edward Malnick and Cole Moreton
They say that the Church's official position does not speak for them, nor for a substantial number of clergy and churchgoers.
Their intervention comes as critics prepare to challenge the policy at General Synod next month, exposing faultlines within the Church.
It now faces a second highly divisive row in the coming weeks - as the leadership struggles to avoid a disastrous split over women bishops.
Two weeks ago the Church published its formal response to the Government's proposal to allow same-sex couples to marry, declaring itself firmly against the move.
The two bishops are the most senior figures to attack the stance. The Rt Rev Alan Wilson, the Bishop of Buckingham, said: "The statement is narrow and legalistic ... Jesus didn't say anything about being gay, but he said a certain amount about loving your neighbour as yourself." . . .
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