New 2-for-1 ceremony for common law couples

Published September 1, 2009

London
Couples with children born out of wedlock will be able to get married and have their offspring baptized in a single ceremony, says the (Anglican) Church of England.

“… patterns of relationship and marriage within society are presenting new opportunities for the church,” said Bishop Stephen Platten.

Bishop Platten is chairperson of an Anglican liturgical commission which drew up the liturgical guidelines following research that showed one in five couples who sought a church wedding already had children.

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