Consultation on same-sex marriages in Methodist churches launched

A nation-wide consultation asking if same sex marriages should take place in the Methodist Church is underway.

Currently same-sex couples can only have a blessing in Methodist churches in the Channel Islands.

Guernsey’s Superintendent Minister, Reverend Howard Stringer, believes this could bring about a positive change for the island and will enable same-sex couples who were previously unable to tie the knot, to have their love legally recognised.

He does stress that should the change come in, ministers will still be able to opt out of conducting same sex ceremonies in their chapels.

If the Methodist church changes its stance, it would mean same-sex couples could get married in churches across the United Kingdom.

Same sex marriage has been legal in Guernsey since May 2017 and February 2018 in Jersey but this does not cover all churches. When the law was passed the Methodist church in the island said it was not prepared to embrace the change.

The consultation begins nationally in October, with Jersey and Guernsey sharing discussions.

Should the change be given the go-ahead, it is thought it will not come into force until mid-2020.