BBC’s standard response to complaints regarding same-sex marriage in a church featured on Songs of Praise

Aug 23, 2019 by

from Christian Concern:

‘Thank you for contacting us about Songs of Praise, broadcast on 18th August 2019. We recognise that you considered the inclusion of a same-sex wedding did not reflect your position or that of other denominations on this issue. To allow us to reply promptly to your concerns, and to ensure we use our licence fee resources as efficiently as possible, we’re sending this response to everyone. We’re sorry that for this reason we can’t reply personally to you on each point which has been made.

Songs of Praise tells the stories of Christians across all denominations in the UK and, in so doing, aims to reflect the balance of opinions on different issues. The programme explained that three years ago the United Reformed Church – one of the UK’s largest denominations – decided to permit each of its congregations across the country to decide whether to allow same sex marriages to take place. Not all URC congregations, or other denominations, agree with this and we made this clear in the programme. In an episode about Faith & Marriage, we broadcast the wedding of James and Ian, who married in Rutherglen in Glasgow, and explored what it meant to them as Christians, to take their vows in church.

We’ve shared your reaction with the programme makers and senior staff. Our daily reports ensure they remain aware of how each edition comes across to the audience. We value your comments and we thank you for taking the time to contact us.

Kind Regards

BBC Complaints Team

If you wish to complain, you can use the BBC’s online form,
or phone 03700 100 222, or write to BBC Complaints, PO Box 1922, Darlington, DL3 0UR. You should get a response within two weeks.

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