Religious heads oppose UK’s move to allow gay marriage
Wednesday 6th February 2013, 8:30AM GMT.
A FORMER island basketball star said she would like to marry her partner in Guernsey if gay marriage legislation was introduced.
The House of Commons yesterday voted in favour of a bill which will enable gay people to get married both in civil and religious ceremonies – where a religious institution had formally consented – in England and Wales. However, the move faced strong opposition from religious figureheads locally, who felt marriage should be purely a union between a man and woman.
Liz Kerr, who used to be Guernsey’s basketball captain, has been with her female partner for the past 12 years. The couple had a ceremony in 2004 to recognise their commitment to each other but it was not legal.
‘Definitely one day we would like to get married but we want to wait until it is recognised legally in Guernsey,’ the 39-year-old photographer said.
But Dean of Guernsey, the Very Rev. Canon Paul Mellor (pictured), yesterday said it was unwise to tamper with marriage. He said redefining the language of marriage could have ‘unforeseen consequences’.