Britain proposes to allow same-sex ‘marriage’ in Church

By on Feb 14, 2011 in Europe, Lifestyle Comments

Ministers in Britain are now proposing that same-sex ‘marriage’ should be allowed in religious ceremonies, particularly in the church, according to Sunday Telegraph.

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Liberal Democrat Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone was said to be submitting soon the proposal to change the law so that gay couples can be married in the church.

The proposal includes allowing singing of religious hymns and reading the Bible during the same-sex marriage, which is strictly prohibited in the current law of Britain.

In addition, the proposal will change the legal definition of marriage as a union of man and a woman only, and that gay men and women when married shall be called husband and wives.

Apparently, the proposal was delightedly accepted by campaigners of equal rights and gay rights advocates. “It was long overdue” Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell was quoted as saying.

Some religions including Quakers and Liberal Judaism are reported to be open to the same-sex marriage proposal, while the Roman Catholic Church and Islam are both strictly against it.

For the longest time, the Roman Catholic Church has announced that homosexuality is a ‘deviation’ and Pope Benedict XVI has mentioned last year that allowing marriage of the same gender is ‘dangerous’.

As of May 2010, more than 26,000 civil partnerships had been formed in Britain, according to the record of the National Statistics Office.



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