URC statement on same sex marriage
Please note: The Bill that is now going through the House of Commons and the House of Lords affects England and Wales only.
Following the vote (on Tuesday 5 February) in the House of Commons, in which MPs voted overwhelmingly in support of same-sex marriage, the United Reformed Church says:
“The United Reformed Church (URC) has not yet reached a denominational position on same-sex marriage. During the government’s consultation period in March 2012 the URC declined to make a contribution, saying it had insufficient time to prepare a meaningful denomination-wide response (although individuals within the denomination were encouraged to make a contribution if they so wished).
“Members of the Faith and Order Committee, the Law and Polity Advisory Group and the Human Sexuality Task Group are now looking at the draft legislation and considering the matter fully on behalf of the denomination – although only when (and if) the Bill becomes law and we know the final form of the Act, shall we be able to begin the process of considering its implications for the URC. The speed of the government’s actions does not require us to respond in haste, and it is possible that the question of whether same-sex marriages may be solemnized in United Reformed churches or using United Reformed forms of service may not be decided until the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church next meets in July 2014.”
Issued by the press and media office of the United Reformed Church
8 February 2013
Press & Media Officer, United Reformed Church
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