We store cookies on your device to make sure we give you the best experience on this website. I'm fine with this - Turn cookies off
Switch to an accessible version of this website which is easier to read. (requires cookies)
    •   [sample email]
    •   [sample email]
    •   [sample email]
  • If you submit this form, The Liberal Democrats will use your contact details to send you information on the topics you have requested. Any data we gather will be used in accordance with our privacy policy at hsld.org.uk/en/privacy. To exercise your legal data rights, email: data.protection@libdems.org.uk.

Nick: let churches conduct same-sex marriages

July 6, 2012 3:41 PM
In lgbt.libdems.org.uk
Nick Clegg speaking at London Pride in 2008

Lib Dem leader & Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

In an interview with the 'Evening Standard' ahead of Saturday's World LGBT Pride in London, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg argues religious organisations should be free to conduct same-sex weddings if they wish.

He told the paper, "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."

"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 recognised as being marriage."

He concludes: "...once the dust settles everyone will look back and think, 'what on earth was the controversy about? It just seems a perfectly natural thing to do'."

(Thanks to LGBT+ LibDems for this story, first published at lgbt.libdems.org.uk)