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Guernsey's Methodist church considering allowing same-sex marriages in its chapels

Currently, same-sex couples in Methodist churches in the Channel Islands can only have a blessing

2019-09-11

Words: Steve Brown

Guernsey’s Methodist church is reportedly considering allowing same-sex marriage in its chapels.

Currently, same-sex couples in Methodist churches in the Channel Islands can only have a blessing but now, ITV News reported that church leaders are asking the community for their thoughts on same-sex marriages ahead of a consultation in October.

In Guernsey, same-sex marriages have been legal since 2017 but doesn’t apply to all churches after the Methodist church refused to embrace the change.

Guernsey’s Superintendent Minister, Reverend Howard Stringer, said same-sex marriages could bring a positive change to the island and enable same-sex couples to have their love legally recognised.

However, he did say that if the change is approved, ministers are able to opt out of conducting same-sex ceremonies in their chapels.

The consultation begins nationally this October and if the change is given the go-ahead, it is likely to come into effect mid-2020.

If the Methodist church changes its stance, it would mean same-sex couples could get married in churches across the United Kingdom.