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Prosecution 'fear' for church civil partnership critics

Plans for civil partnership ceremonies in churches could result in some clergy being prosecuted, a former Archbishop of Canterbury has warned.

In a letter to the Times newspaper, Lord Carey suggests ministers could face claims of discrimination if they fail to conduct the ceremonies.

Legislation for England and Wales, which also covers other places of worship, is part of the Equality Bill.

Supporters say ministers would not have to act against their conscience.

Lord Carey's letter was prompted by Labour peer Lord Alli's amendment to the bill to allow civil partnerships on religious premises.

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March 24, 2010

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