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Well reasoned and sensible points there Joe. But regarding the church having concerns at the local level about performing same sex marriages, doesn't the law being advanced in the UK give same sex couples the right to have a church marriage service whilst not going so far as to impose a legal obligation upon any church to perform such a service? Thus freedom of choice could prevail all round - if a minister didn't wish to perform a same sex marriage in his church then he wouldn't have to. The happy couple would have to find another church willing to accommodate their wishes. Surely there would be some. Analogous to the present scenario where Anglican churches turn away divorcees whilst the Methodists will let them marry in their churches. [Paradoxically the Methodists don't permit second baptisms]. I think that's how it's being set up anyway.