Churches to be given gay marriage opt out choice
Churches will be able to opt out of holding gay marriage ceremonies under Government proposals.
Culture secretary Maria Miller set out plans to allow same-sex marriage yesterday, and said she was putting in place a "quadruple legal lock" guaranteeing watertight protection for religious organisations.
It's the "best way forward" according to Chris Marsh, manager of Gloucester bar The Westgate.
"I think it's the best way to go really," he said.
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"It's always going to be a difficult one and I'm 100 per cent sure there are churches out there that will have no problem with it.
"It's a big, positive step, I'm really glad the Government has decided to do something positive."
Mrs Miller told the House of Commons she would now continue to consult on how best to implement the Government's plans in legislation to be introduced early in the new year.
"I am absolutely clear that no religious organisation will ever be forced to conduct marriages for same-sex couples, and I would not bring in a Bill which would allow that," she said.