UK to Allow Gay Marriage Ceremonies in Churches

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The British government could soon make changes to its policy on gay marriage.

According to media reports, the United Kingdom may soon allow same-sex couples to hold partnership ceremonies in churches. The unions could also be officially known as marriages. 

"The government is currently considering what the next stage should be for civil partnerships, including how some religious organizations can allow same-sex couples to register their relationship in a religious setting if they wish to do so," a spokesman for Britain's Home Office said.

"Ministers have met a range of people and organizations to hear their views on this issue," he added. "An announcement will be made in due course."

Currently, government registrars perform civil partnerships.  Such ceremonies must take place in a public building and religious references are banned.

Officials noted that should the policy change, religious groups would not be forced to host gay marriage ceremonies. 
The Church of England said it won't allow its buildings to be used for same-sex weddings.  The Catholic Church and British Muslim groups are also opposed to the proposed law.

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