In an interview with the Mail, Michael Nazir-Ali, the former Bishop of Rochester and former chairman of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority's ethics and law committee, said:
“This is social experimentation. It’s one thing for a child not to have a mother or father through tragedy but it is another to plan children to come into the world without a father.
“Research tells us that children relate to their fathers differently than to their mothers, and this is important in developing a sense of their own identity.
“In particular, boys need closeness to their fathers for a sense of security and developing their own identity, including appropriate patterns of masculine behaviour.
“The results of ‘father-hunger’ can be seen in [lack of] educational achievement and on our streets, where it contributes to delinquency.”
In his career, Nazir-Ali has often opposed to homosexuality and was also one of the bishops against same-sex unions celebration and against the ordination of LGBT bishops.