Jersey church to decide on hosting same sex ceremonies

Jersey's United Reform Church will decide in September if it will allow same sex couples to register civil partnerships in its premises.

Earlier in July the wider church became the first major Christian faith to allow gay couples to register civil partnerships.

It will affect churches in England and Wales, but the Jersey group have to decide themselves.

The United Reform Church at Zion will meet later to decide to follow the UK.

If successful, the move would make the church the first religious premises to perform gay ceremonies in the island.

Reverend Patrick McManus said: "The wider church has actually said no minister would be required to conduct such services and no church to host it.

"While the wider church has made that decision, the local church will actually have to decide for itself whether it is prepared to host such marriages."

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