May: Church should re­flect on stance on gay mar­riage

Daily Mail - - Mutiny At The Bbc - By Daniel Martin Pol­icy Edi­tor

THERESA May has urged the Church of Eng­land to ‘re­flect’ on its op­po­si­tion to al­low­ing vic­ars to bless gay mar­riages.

It came as the Prime Min­is­ter ad­mit­ted her own views on whether ho­mo­sex­u­als should be al­lowed to marry had changed over the years.

While same-sex cou­ples have been able to have civil wed­dings since 2013, the law still bars them from do­ing so in Church build­ings.

Mrs May said it was up to the Church to de­cide if it would row back on its pre­vi­ous op­po­si­tion to al­low­ing priests to carry out equal mar­riage cer­e­monies.

But she urged them to con­sider how at­ti­tudes had changed since they came to their de­ci­sion.

Her in­ter­ven­tion comes a day af­ter Com­mons Speaker John Ber­cow said gay peo­ple should ‘bloody well’ be able to get mar­ried in church.

Speak­ing on LBC ra­dio yes­ter­day, the Prime Min­is­ter de­fended her party’s at­ti­tude to­wards gay mar­riage.

And she reaf­firmed that the Con­ser­va­tive Party would not row back on its equal­i­ties agenda be­cause of its deal with the DUP. The North­ern Ir­ish party op­poses gay mar­riage, adop­tion by gay cou­ples and gay men giv­ing blood.

Mrs May, her­self a vicar’s daugh­ter, said al­low­ing priests to bless gay mar­riages ‘has to be a mat­ter for the Church’.

‘My at­ti­tude has changed over years’

But she added: ‘The Church of Eng­land has it­self come a dis­tance in terms of look­ing at these is­sues, and ob­vi­ously they will want to re­flect as at­ti­tudes will gen­er­ally change as so­ci­ety changes.’

Com­ment­ing on her own party’s views on gay mar­riage, she said: ‘If you look at what has hap­pened over the years, you will see a change that has taken place in the Con­ser­va­tive Party, and in in­di­vid­u­als. I’ll be hon­est, my at­ti­tude on a num­ber of these is­sues has changed over the years as well.’

Mrs May has pledged to re­view the law on al­low­ing trans­gen­der peo­ple to legally change their gen­der. Writ­ing for gay news site PinkNews, she said: ‘We must ... make sure that trans­gen­der rights are sup­ported. That is ex­actly why we are re­view­ing the Gen­der recog­ni­tion Act.’

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