Marriage existed before the state or parliament - but politicians still see fit to change it.
The apostle Peter said: "Wives, submit to your own husbands."
The House of Common was on course for a clash with the Church of England today, after MPs across the main parties savaged the decision not to allow women bishops.
David Cameron has refused to intervene after the Church of England voted against allowing women to be appointed as bishops.
A privileged education and a past in the oil business: why has the Church of England picked one of its self-confessed "thicker bishops" as the Archbishop of Canterbury?
Bishop Justin Welby has been named as the next head of the Anglican Church, Downing Street has confirmed.
The fight for gay equality won a boost today after Nick Clegg revealed he will push for same-sex marriages in church.
Religious groups keen to hold gay marriages in their churches are meeting with Labour today to organise how to force the government's hand on the issue.
Will the coalition succeed in its bid to put same-sex marriage on the same legal footing as marriage between men and women?
The Church of England's Establishment position is so broad-reaching it will only ever be dislodged by an 'incidental' controversy. Might gay marriage provide that opportunity?
Legalising gay marriage could lead to the Church of England's disestablishment, it has warned.
The bishops may be set to survive the coalition's Lords reforms, but important questions remain to be resolved about their role in the Lords.
Prime minister David Cameron praises Dr Rowan Williams, who has announced his resignation as Archbishop of Canterbury:
Labour leader Ed Miliband praises outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams, who announced his resignation earlier today:
Outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams announces his intention to resign from the post at the end of the year:
Dr Rob Berkeley, director of the Runnymede Trust, comments on multiculturalism in advance of a new counter-extremism strategy:
Hilary Benn MP, shadow local government secretary, comments on multiculturalism in advance of a new counter-extremism strategy:
Eric Pickles, local government secretary, comments on multiculturalism in advance of a new counter-extremism strategy:
The Church of England is "occasionally misunderstood" and "commonly under-appreciated", the Queen has said.
The government is offering religious groups an unpalatable ultimatum: be used or be ignored?
This is a very sensitive issue which could provoke real hostility from the establishment.
Constitutional changes are raising further questions about the Queen's role as head of the Church of England, MPs have said.
The Church of England has gone on the attack against welfare reform, in a further sign that the Occupy movement has prompted a more radical outlook among religious leaders.
The more society becomes individualised, the more the Church of England will struggle to keep its unique message intact.
St Paul's cathedral has been hit by another resignation, with the Dean's departure prompting an intervention from the Archbishop of Canterbury.