Theresa May rules out forcing Church of England to perform gay marriages

May 18, 2017 by

by Alex Williams, Premier:

The Prime Minister has ruled out forcing the Church of England to perform same-sex marriages, saying she respects the “deeply-held views” many Anglicans have on the matter.

Speaking with the gay website PinkNews, Theresa May answered a questioned submitted by a reader which asked whether she wanted the Church to solemnise gay marriages.

She said: “As the established church, it is in a different legal position from other churches or faith groups, so the law equalising marriage had to recognise 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.”

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