British churches would be required to solemnize same-sex unions, legal expert warns April 23, 2012
Neil Addison of the Thomas More Legal Centre said that European court rulings show that the government would be required give homosexual couples all the same legal rights as heterosexual couples, including the right to a religious service. "The government will be obliged to permit same-sex marriage on religious premises on exactly the same basis as it permits heterosexual marriage," he concluded.
Addison insisted that a proposed legal exception, allowing religious bodies to refuse to perform same-sex marriages, would not stand a challenge in the European Court of Human Rights.
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