Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act 2013
Since March 29 2014, under the provisions of this Act, same-sex marriages are permitted by law in England and Wales and, as a result of this, clerics may receive enquiries from same-sex couples seeking to be married in church.
As the law stands, same-sex marriages may not be solemnised by the Church in Wales. However, following approval at the Governing Body of the Church in Wales in September 2021, a Liturgy for the Blessing of a Same-sex Civil Marriage or Civil Partnership has been authorised by the bishops for use in each of the dioceses from 1 October 2021. The text of the service is available here.
Background papers on same sex partnerships
- The Church in Wales and Same-Sex Partnerships (PDF)
- Marriage as a Sacrament - by Ainsley Griffiths (PDF)
- Sexuality and the Image of God - by Peter Sedgwick (PDF)
- The concept of Flourishing in Relation to Marriage as a Good, and the Question of Gay Partnerships - by Ali Green (PDF)
- Same Sex Marriage - Biblical Considerations - by Will Strange (PDF)
- Fundamental Scriptural Approaches - by Matthew Hill (PDF)