Churches Won’t Be Forced to Perform Same-Sex Weddings as They Become Legal In England

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby delivers his Christmas Day sermon at Cantebury Cathedral on December 25, 2013 in Canterbury, England. Today marks the Archbishop's first Christmas since being enthroned in the position. (Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images Europe)
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby delivers his Christmas Day sermon at Cantebury Cathedral on December 25, 2013 in Canterbury, England. Today marks the Archbishop’s first Christmas since being enthroned in the position. (Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images Europe)

The first gay weddings have taken place in England and Wales after same-sex marriage became legal overnight.

Prime Minister David Cameron wrote in an article for Pink News that it was “an important moment for our country”.

“It says we are a country that will continue to honour its proud traditions of respect, tolerance and equal worth,” he said.

Couples timed the saying of their vows with the stroke of midnight, while more gay weddings were set to take place throughout Saturday.

Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell was chief witness at the wedding of Peter McGraith and David Cabreza in Islington.

The Church of England is prohibited from performing same-sex weddings and the Government has insisted that clergy will not be forced to perform them against their will.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby was pragmatic in his response to gay marriages becoming legal.

“The law’s changed; we accept the situation,” he told the BBC.

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SOURCE: Christian Today

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