Actually if you think about it, if America or England for that matter actually followed the churches teachings to the letter it would be vastly different. Especially for Gays. The fact that Gays have rights is a clue that the church isn't heavily involved in matters of the state. I don't know about England and how they deal with certain issues, though. Imagine if the 10 commandments and all the sins in the bible were the law of the land. That'd be interesting.