Same-sex couples of UK are shunned with church marriages

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: A proponent of same sex marriage protest outside the Houses of Parliament on June 3, 2013 in London, England. A government bill allowing same sex marriage in England and Wales was passed in the House of Commons last month, despite the opposition of 133 Conservative MP's. The bill will be debated later today in the House of Lords. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Same-sex couples were able to enter religious unions for the first time when same-sex marriage became legal in 2014. Prior to this gay couples were only able to enter civil partnerships, the churches and the religious institutions did not recognize them. Currently, as same-sex and opposite sex marriages are treated equally in the UK, gay couples have an opportunity of a white wedding ceremony, but polls show they do it rather rarely. Just 0.47 percent of same-sex weddings in 2014 were religious ceremonies, with 99.53% opting for civil ceremonies. Of 4,850 same-sex marriage ceremonies, only 23 were religious. In comparison, almost 1 of 3 heterosexual couples prefers white weddings. The news is unsurprising given that all of the largest religious groups in the UK ban same-sex weddings, including the official bodies for Catholicism, Islam and Orthodox Judaism.
The Church of England is legally banned from conducting same-sex weddings under explicit provisions in the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act. Unitarians, Quakers, Reform Judaism and Liberal Judaism are some of the religious bodies who do invite same-sex couples to marry in their places of worship. This statistic is reflected in which days of the week same-sex couples chose to have their weddings on. Sunday, a day which is favoured for weddings in certain religions, was the least popular day for same-sex marriages.


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