Gay wedding was civil, not religious

PUBLISHED: 07:00 25 April 2014

May I take issue with the letter in last week’s Journal from Tamsin Richards (“No mandate for gay marriage”, Opinion, April 17).

My wife and family and I were guests at the wedding ceremony for David and John, as were many of their friends and family.

Tamsin misses the point in her concern that it is against the teachings of the church.

She is indeed right, but the ceremony which we attended was a civil one – a right that is enjoyed by thousands of couples across the country.

Indeed, the invocation of any religious aspect to a state-sanctioned civil ceremony is absolutely forbidden – that’s the point.

The happy couple, like many others, were perfectly at ease with this lack of religion.

It’s called a registry office wedding, and what lovely day it was for all of us!

Mike Chataway

Lyndhurst Road


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