Quakers in Britain have welcomed yesterday's (10 December) government announcement which heralds the first same-sex marriages from 29 March 2014.
“This gives true recognition to the value of all human relationships,” said Paul Parker, Recording Clerk of Quakers in Britain. “Quakers see God in everyone and that led us to work for this change in the law so that all couples, of the same and opposite sex, may marry within our worshipping communities in England and Wales.”
Quakers have supported moves towards equal marriage, along with Unitarians and Free Christians, and Liberal and Reformed Judaism, while respecting others who do not yet share their view.
Quakers are known formally as the Religious Society of Friends and around 23,000 people attend nearly 475 Quaker meetings in Britain. Their commitment to equality, justice, peace, simplicity and truth challenges them to seek positive social and legislative change.
* More about Quaker support for same-sex marriage here: www.quaker.org.uk/equal-marriage