Gay marriage plan undemocratic: UK`s top priest

The head of the Roman Catholic Church in Britain has described the government`s plans for gay marriage as undemocratic and a "shambles".

Updated: Dec 26, 2012, 19:29 PM IST

London: The head of the Roman Catholic Church in Britain has described the government`s plans for gay marriage as undemocratic and a "shambles".

Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols said the government had no mandate to push through same-sex marriage laws.

"There was no announcement in any party manifesto, no Green Paper, no statement in the queen`s speech. And yet here we are on the verge of primary legislation. From a democratic point of view, it`s a shambles," Nichols was quoted as saying by the Daily Express.

Culture Secretary Maria Miller said earlier that no church would be forced to conduct a gay wedding. The first gay couples are expected to marry in church within the next 18 months.

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