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Monday, 14 July 2014 15:04

United Reformed Church Won't Allow Same-Sex Marriage Ceremonies

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The United Reformed Church did not become the largest church in the United Kingdom accepting to perform same-sex marriages.

Indeed, the church's delegates have not been able to agree at a General Assembly despite a strong majority in favor of allowing same-sex marriages. Unfortunately, unanimity was required.

"A clear majority of members of Assembly expressed the view that local congregations should be permitted to offer same-sex marriage to those who seek that opportunity," General secretary the Rev John Proctor said.

"However, because our decision-making process is based on the seeking of full consensus, Assembly was unable to reach agreement."

The church will continue to allow civil union ceremonies within its buildings but will not allow the equal marriages. However, according to the BBC, the meeting passed a resolution inviting synods and local congregations to discuss the issue further and to report back by the end of March next year.

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