The British government is set to introduce a new bill in London that would simultaneously legalize gay marriage a controversial action that has been a long time source for fierce debate and opposition in the U.S. but ban the Church of England from conducting them; a solution many hope will avoid the selfsame controversy that currently overwhelms the U.K.'s cultural neighbor.
The British government announced Tuesday that it will introduce a bill next year legalizing gay marriage but banning the Church of England from conducting same-sex ceremonies.
Equalities minister Maria Miller said the legislation would authorize same-sex civil marriages, as well as religious ceremonies if religions decide to opt in.
I feel strongly that, if a couple wish to show their love and commitment to each other, the state should not stand in their way, Miller said.
For me, extending marriage to same-sex couples will strengthen, not weaken, this vital institution.