The Baptist Union of Great Britain (BUGB) has urged its member churches to refrain from conducting same sex marriages.
The Union's Council meeting this week discussed the issue of same-sex marriage in the light of the 2013 legislation making such marriages legal.
A previous response to the change in the law, in May 2014, affirmed "the traditionally accepted Biblical understanding of Christian marriage, as a union between a man and a woman". However, it also said that "we also recognise the freedom of a minister to respond to the wishes of their church, where their conscience permits, without breach of disciplinary guidelines" – implicitly allowing ministers to conduct same-sex marriages if they wish. Read More