CofE refuses to hold ‘gay weddings’ in its churches
Craig Woodhouse, Political Reporter
2 Nov 2011
The Church of England today vowed not to hold “gay weddings” after ministers paved the way for civil partnerships to take place in places of worship from next month.
A spokesman said the Church had “no intention” of allowing civil partnerships in its buildings after Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone confirmed new rules would come into force on December 5. Ms Featherstone said: “No religious group will be forced to host a civil partnership registration, but for those who wish to do so this is an important step forward.”
Critics fear churches will come under pressure to relax their stance and could even face discrimination claims if they block the partnerships. A Church of England spokesman said the new rules would be checked “as a matter of urgency”. The spokesman added: “The Church of England has no intention of allowing civil partnerships to be registered in its churches.”