Being neither Christian nor gay, I am somewhat outside of this particular argument.
The Church of England will not allow its churches to be used for civil partnership ceremonies unless the full General Synod gives consent, it says.
One presumes that the General Synod will refuse such permission, given that homosexuality is contrary to the belief system. Although, given that belief in God seems not to be too much of a requirement for Anglicanism these days, I should not hold my breath perhaps.
The government says that no religious groups will be forced to host such ceremonies. Given that the Church owns the church, one wonders how that will work out when someone cries “discrimination” upon being refused. And they will. I also wonder if anyone is going to drop into the Finsbury Park Mosque and try to book a gay marriage. Anyone?
Sure, if you want to have a gay marriage, by all means ask the local church and if you have a trendy vicar who is prepared to turn a blind eye to the Bible’s exhortations to kill you, then fair enough. But, and this is the crux, any such arrangements should be on the basis of the property owner agreeing to it, not because they are forced to by law.
Marriage, as far as the Christian church is concerned, is the union of a man and a woman for the purposes of procreation. It should have nothing to do with the state – indeed, no such contract between two people should be the business of the state, nor should it be the business of the state to dictate where such arrangements may be conducted. If the property owner says “no” then “no” it should be.