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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Supports Marriage Equality In Church

NickCleggPrime Minister David Cameron and other lawmakers in England are trying to strike a balance between people rallying for marriage equality and religious institutions trying to stop progress.

While some are suggesting that same-sex marriages simply be a civil affair, and therefore not held in churches, deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg wants to see a law that includes religious institutions that support inclusion.

"This is a personal view at the moment, but I think that in exactly the same way that we shouldn’t force any church to conduct gay marriage, we shouldn’t stop any church that wants to conduct gay marriage," he told the Evening Standard.

"I don’t see why two individuals who love each other and want to show commitment to each other should not be able to do so in a way that is socially recognized as being marriage."

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  1. Can you imagine if the state tried to interfere in what a church could or couldn't do in the US?

    Posted by: KevinVT | Jul 5, 2012 9:50:03 AM

  2. Ah, confusion reigns in the lands without a first amendment. Rather than deciding in parliament what should happen in church services, perhaps they should try to fix the economy, or is that not taking up much of their time?

    Posted by: anon | Jul 5, 2012 11:27:51 AM

  3. If, as the article seems to state, conservative religious groups are trying to enact laws where a same-sex marriage CANNOT be performed in a church even if that church is accepting, then it's those conservatives who are violating religious freedom!

    "YOU can't hold a wedding ceremony in YOUR church, even though your faith says you can and should, because MY faith says you shouldn't." That would be like Baptists passing a law that says Catholics can't baptize infants because they don't believe that's the way things should be done. They're imposing their religion on others, the same thing they accuse Sharia Law of doing.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jul 5, 2012 11:45:01 AM

  4. Consider adding a modifier to the headline. Quite a few countries have prime ministers.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jul 5, 2012 1:13:37 PM

  5. @'re consistent homophophobia has confused you on the actual story. No one is trying to get you bat shyt crazy sphagetti in the sky loony Xtian religious taliban fundementalist rights away. It's the other way around you religious wackadoo. Go read that fake MAN MADE book of yours for uneducated narccasist called "The B(r)IBLE"

    Posted by: JulyBlues | Jul 5, 2012 1:50:45 PM

  6. Yes it's good new that he says he supports us but he is so weak and wishy-washy so he won't do a thing to actually help us.

    ACTIONS speak louder than words and so far Nick Clegg's actions in government have been abysmal.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Jul 5, 2012 2:40:30 PM


    Posted by: Cynthia | Jul 5, 2012 2:44:22 PM

  8. It is kind of confusing. You can enact a law to allow the church to refuse holding same sex ceremony for same sex couples. I don't see how you can stop a church from holding such ceremonies if same sex marriage is already legal.

    Posted by: simon | Jul 5, 2012 3:33:37 PM

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