Gays and lesbians gain equal ‘marriage’ rights in the UK

Under new laws to be introduced in the UK, the definition of marriage will change forever. It will no longer be described as a union between a man and a woman as under the laws, gays and lesbians will have equal marriage rights, including church weddings.

According to the UK’s Equalities Minister, Lynne Featherstone, a gay couple will be able to designate one of the partners as ‘husband’ and a lesbian couple will be able to call one of the partners ‘wife’.

The Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church in England are not in favour of the new laws with the Church of England saying already that it will not let its buildings be used for such weddings.  However, Quakers, Unitarian and Liberal Jews are reported to be ready to apply for permission for their buildings to conduct same-sex marriages.

Gay marriages are currently legal in Canada, South Africa, Sweden, Spain, the Netherlands and a growing number of  US states.

A good move for Britain? Or, one likely to polarise the country with the Catholics and Anglicans?  Your views are welcome…

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