Songs of Praise same-sex wedding caused massive complains


The BBC reportedly received more than 1,200 complaints after its most long-running religious-themed show Songs of Praise showed two men tying the knot. The episode covering faith and marriage was shown on August 18 and featured the ceremony of Ian McDowall, 39 and Jamie Wallace, 27, at the Rutherglen United Reformed Church, near Glasgow. They were the first same-sex couple in the church blessed by the congregation to marry. According to Mail Online, some viewers complained that the same-sex wedding conflicted with what they believe to be a true Christianity. While the United Reformed Church has supported same-sex marriage, these services remained banned by the Church of England and the Church in Wales. However, a spokesperson from Songs of Praise, which has been running since 1961, told the Mail Online that the BBC also received credit for the representation of such kind. “As well as the complaints, we received almost 400 letters of congratulations, applauding the fact that Songs of Praise is reflecting modern Christianity,” the spokesperson told Mail Online.


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