The biggest religious denomination in the United Kingdom, Methodist Church, announced the permission to have a same-sex marriages.
On Wednesday, June 30, the Church announced that same-sex couples will be allowed to get married on its premises. After debates on the topic at the Methodist Conference, the proposals to allow same-sex marriages were passed with 254 votes in favor and 46 against.
Also, the Church ministers who oppose the changes will not be forced to wed same-sex couples.
Dignity & Worth, a campaign group in the Methodist Church, said the vote was a â€śmomentous step on the road to justice and inclusionâ€ť after many years of sometimes painful conversations.
Rev. Sam McBratney, who chairs the group, praised the â€ścourageous stepâ€ť taken by the church. The Rev Sonia Hicks, elected as the Methodistsâ€™ first black female president at the weekend, said it was a â€śhistoric day for our churchâ€ť. She urged people â€śto support each other respecting our differencesâ€ť.
Jayne Ozanne, a campaigner for LGBT+ equality and a member of the C of Eâ€™s ruling body, the General Synod, said the vote reflected â€śthe significant shift that there has been among Christian attitudes in England, and shows how so many people would echo the recent call of Bishop Paul Bayes to allow same-sex marriage in the C of Eâ€ť.
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