Friday, 24 November 2017

Religious marriage of same-sex couples: new report

I'm pleased to announce the publication of a new report on religious marriage of same-sex couples in England and Wales.

Same-sex marriage has been legal in England and Wales since 2013, but same-sex marriages solemnised by religious ceremonies are very small in number. This is because same-sex couples can marry in only 182 of the approximately 40,000 places of worship in which different-sex couples can marry. 

This report is the first empirical study of religious same-sex marriage. It draws on data collected from 71 places of worship that are registered to solemnise same-sex marriage. 

I hope the report will stimulate debate about the current relationship between marriage, religion, and equality on the grounds of sexual orientation.

The report can be downloaded here: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/124435/1/Same_Sex_Religious_Marriage.pdf


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