Two hundred years ago, a revolution was ushered in by Reform Judaism, catering for Jews no longer isolated from the rest of society or fearful of surrounding culture, says Jonathan Romain. Through it, Jewish people are thoroughly engaged with society, looking to apply ancient roots to modern realities in a positive way.
A range of campaigning groups and faith-based organisations have expressed their support for a decision to allow the use of religious premises and religious language in same-sex partnership ceremonies.
In a dramatic development, the House of Lords has voted to allow the use of religious premises and religious language in same-sex partnerships. Peers voted in favour of the proposal by 93 votes to 21, despite government opposition.
The government has agreed to consider measures to give legal recognition to religious same-sex partnership ceremonies, after the proposal received support in the House of Lords. No religious elements are currently allowed in civil partnerships.