This talk presents findings from research on religious marriage of same-sex couples in England and Wales, conducted by Paul Johnson, Robert Vanderbeck and Silvia Falcetta. Same-sex couples in England and Wales now have the same opportunities as different-sex couples to marry by way of a civil ceremony. However, same-sex couples who wish to marry by way of a religious ceremony in England and Wales are at a significant disadvantage to different-sex couples. Only a small number of religious organizations permit same-sex marriage. As a consequence, same-sex couples have very little opportunity to marry in a place of worship or by way of a religious ceremony. Religious faith and homosexuality are not antithetical: many same-sex couples who want to get married wish to do so according to the rites of their faith. This fact is recognised by those religious organisations that have taken the significant step of offering same-sex couples the opportunity to have a religious marriage ceremony. This research constitutes the first piece of empirical research on religious marriage of same-sex couples in England and Wales.
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