Same-sex marriage: Your legal rights to object


A guide for churches and Christian employees

Same-sex marriage is now legal in England and Wales. Under the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act, the first same-sex marriages took place on 29 March 2014.

For the first time in our nation’s history there is a legal understanding of marriage which is fundamentally contrary to the Bible. This has left many churches and individual believers asking about their rights under the law:

  • Do churches have to conduct same-sex weddings?
  • Can churches refuse to provide a religious blessing for the civil marriage of a same-sex couple?
  • Do churches need to change the way they conduct heterosexual weddings?
  • Should churches stop conducting legally recognised marriages altogether?
  • Can Christians still preach publicly against same-sex marriage?
  • Can Christians continue to express their opposition to same-sex marriage at work?

This guide clearly answers all of these and many other common questions about the new legal landscape. Christians have every reason to be confident and bold in upholding the truth about marriage.

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