London's Rev Andrew Cain to defy same-sex blessings ban

From this Saturday, gay and lesbian couples in England and Wales will be able to get married in a civil ceremony.

Rev Andrew Cain, of St Mary's Kilburn and St James' West, in north London, says he is prepared to defy a Church of England ban on the blessings of same-sex marriages.

But Rev Steven Hanna, of St Elisabeth's Church, Dagenham, says: "I see it as inconsistent that a clergyman can choose to bless something that God himself has not blessed."

Alice Bhandhukravi reports.