The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (LGCM) is delighted by the latest statement from David Cameron that the opportunity for religious bodies to solemnise marriage for same-sex couples will be included in the forthcoming proposals.
Originally the proposal was to only allow civil marriage which would fall short of true equality and deny lesbian and gay couples the ability to express their faith in their commitment to each other.
LGCM has made it clear throughout that no faith, denomination or individual should be forced into performing a marriage for a same-sex couple but by the same token those for whom this is in keeping with their theology should not be deprived of this opportunity.
The Reverend Sharon Ferguson, Chief Executive, said:
‘This is wonderful news, it feels like Christmas has come early. True equality is about all people having the same choices and this is what lesbian and gay couples will finally have regarding marriage if this legislation goes through. This is a bold step for the government to take.’
Reverend Ferguson is part of the lead couple in the Equal Love campaign who submitted an application to the ECHR eighteen months ago to bring about marriage equality for same -sex couples. She added:
‘The possibility that I will finally be able to marry my partner in church, before God, and surrounded by my congregation, family and friends fills me with joy. Being an ordained minister I am also excited at the prospect of being able to perform marriage ceremonies for my congregation.’