Gay couples will soon be allowed to hold civil partnership ceremonies in churches, in England and Wales, the BBC reports:
The Church of England said it has "no intention" of blessing gay couples.
Previously, gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said the change was "long overdue".
The announcement was made in a written response to a consultation. Ms Featherstone, a Liberal Democrat MP, said: "The government is advancing equality for LGB (lesbian, gay and bisexual) people and ensuring freedom of religion for people of all faiths. "No religious group will be forced to host a civil partnership registration, but for those who wish to do so this is an important step forward."