News24 reports:

2009-08-01 08:48

London – Britain’s religious Quaker movement gave the green light on Friday for gay wedding ceremonies, in a move welcomed by campaigners for homosexual rights.

The Quakers, also known as the Religious Society of Friends, agreed the move at an annual meeting of about 1 200 members, said Michael Hutchinson.

“Many of our meetings have told us that there are homosexual couples who consider themselves to be married and believe this is as much a testimony of divine grace as a heterosexual marriage.

“They miss the public recognition of this in a religious ceremony”.

Gay human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell welcomed the agreement.

“The Quakers’ decision to open up marriage to same-sex couples, on exactly the same basis as heterosexual couples, is an honourable, courageous, trail-blazing decision.

“It exposes the homophobia of other faiths that refuse to recognise love and commitment between couples of the same sex, and it specifically exposes their denial of religious marriage to same-sex couples”.

Gay weddings have been legally valid in Britain since December 2005, under the Civil Partnership Act, after decades of campaigning by homosexual lobby groups seeking the same rights as heterosexuals.




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