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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Gay marriages to be allowed in church?

This morning's Sunday Telegraph reports that Coalition Ministers are proposing to change the law to allow homosexual couples to "marry" in traditional religious ceremonies, including in church.

They say that Lynne Featherstone, the Liberal Democrat equalities minister, is expected shortly to outline firm plans to lift the current ban on civil partnerships being conducted in places of worship:

In a political "win" for Nick Clegg and his party, the Coalition will also say that such ceremonies should for the first time be allowed to have a religious element, such as hymn-singing and readings from the Bible.

They could, it is understood, also be carried out in the future out by priests or other religious figures.

The landmark move will please equality campaigners but is likely to prompt a fierce backlash from mainstream Christian leaders, as well as some Right-leaning Tories

It is difficult to imagine a majority Tory Government legislating in this way.
neither did a majority Labour government legislate for this either!
As Mike has removed some of his comments I have taken off those other comments that refer to it so as to maintain some consistency in the thread.
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