Theresa May Is Adamant That Ministers Should Not Have To Perform Gay Marriages

May 19, 2017 by Will Maule

Vicar's daughter and British Prime Minister Theresa May has asserted her view that the Church of England should not be forced to perform gay marriages. "We were very clear when we introduced the equal marriage legislation that it was not about forcing the Church of England to conduct marriage ceremonies, but removing a legal injustice," May said in a Q&A with Pink News on Thursday, speaking about the U.K. government's decision to legalize gay marriage in 2014.

"For me the argument was simple: If we believe that commitment, fidelity and marriage are good things, then we should celebrate and support them for everyone – and I'm glad that the law now reflects that."

"As the established Church, it is in a different legal position from other churches or faith groups, so the law equalizing marriage had to recognize that. I strongly support equal marriage, and I know that these debates will continue, but it will have to be for the Church as a whole to decide if it wants to make a change to its Canon law."

The debate over gay marriage continues in the Church of England. 

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