Just three and a half years after Quakers agreed to seek a change in the law, the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill has received its first reading in the House of Commons. Draft legislation has been published today.
This will mean same-sex marriages solemnised in a Quaker meeting will be legally recognised. Same-sex couples will, at last, be able to have the same experience as everyone else on their wedding day, and the same rights in law. Who would have thought such a change could come about so quickly?
Quakers take decisions seriously, and collectively, drawing on our experience of God in our lives. Listening to the experience of same-sex and opposite-sex couples’ lives together, we heard of the same joys and challenges, the same sharing, caring, trust and mutual support, the same love for one another. It is a natural extension of our belief that each person is equal in the sight of God, to recognise the equal value of all committed relationships.
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