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England’s marriage law to include church weddings

Timothy Kincaid

December 10th, 2012

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that the anticipated legislation legalizing same-sex marriage will be set out next week and will include a clause to allow for church weddings.

I’m a massive supporter of marriage and I don’t want gay people to be excluded from a great institution.

“But let me be absolutely 100 per cent clear – if there is any church or any synagogue or any mosque that doesn’t want to have a gay marriage it will not, absolutely must not, be forced to hold it.

This is expected to face opposition from the Anglican Church and the Catholic Church along with conservative members of his own party. It had been the government’s intent to allow same-sex marriages only in civil settings (much like civil unions) but protest by Quakers, Unitarians and Liberal Jews led to the “opt-in” provision.

The legislation is expected to be considered before the end of 2013.



Lindoro Almaviva
December 10th, 2012 | LINK

Because only the professional “we are being oppressed because of our religious views” camp will create an issue due to an OPT-IN clause.

December 11th, 2012 | LINK

Unfortunately, it’s not as straightforward as setting up an opt in system, due to the European Court of Human Rights. The concern is less about having other churches perform same sex weddings, more about protecting their church’s freedom not to, as British legislation can be overturned by European law. If it could be guaranteed that their right not to perform a marriage was protected, then we would probably have same sex marriage in Britain by now.

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