PCN members speak out on Gay Marriage
This summer PCN Britain made a submission to the Home Office as part of the government consultation over proposals to introduce same-sex marriage in England and Wales. Before making the submission PCN asked for members’ views. This report, compiled by PCN chair, John Churcher, gives the results of that survey and how PCN expressed them in its submission.
1] There exists a mandate that PCN Britain make a submission to the Government’s Consultation process. We acknowledge that our submission cannot be representative of all the views of our members.
2] Although there are differences of opinion on aspects of the Government’s proposals, PCN Britain members who responded to our consultation unanimously wanted PCN Britain to publicly contribute to the debate.
3] The overwhelming majority (94%) of those taking part in our members’ survey supported same-sex marriage. Almost as many (92%) felt the government proposals are not radical enough and should include the option of a same-sex marriage in church. In added comments there was an emerging consensus that
no church congregation or minister should be compelled to conduct same sex marriages against their conscience.
4] Members of PCN Britain objected to the government determining the religious content of ceremonies held in church. Not only were 92% in favour of religious same sex marriages in church, but even more (93%) favoured allowing religious Civil Partnership ceremonies in church.
5] In comments added by respondents, many expressed their support for gay marriage in terms of their religious conviction. Nearly as many expressed their support as a matter of equal treatment for a minority.
6] In their comments, a number of members mentioned the Government’s injustice in allowing opposite sex marriage in church but not same sex marriage. Other members referred to the need for education of the public concerning the culture, needs and contributions made by the LGBT community.
7] Of the PCN Britain members who responded to its consultation a minority [4%] objected to the proposals for change. The views of these members are respected by PCN Britain.
Follow the link to view the whole report.