Britain's new gay marriage law threatens traditional weddings
Sikhs ban civil ceremonies, other faiths may follow
- John Bingham for the Telegraph
- United Kingdom
- July 22, 2013
Sikh temples have been advised to halt all civil marriage ceremonies on their premises to protect them from possible legal challenges for refusing to conduct same-sex weddings.
It is the first example of a religious group altering its marriage practices to avoid potential litigation based on equalities or human rights law.
Other groups, including the Church of England, the Roman Catholic Church and the orthodox Jewish organisation United Synagogue, also resisted the legislation, but they have not indicated that they will go as far as to surrender their marriage licences.
The Government has given repeated assurances that legal provisions should prevent anyone being forced to act against their religious teachings.
The warning comes in a letter to Sikh places of worship, known as gurdwaras, from Sikhs In England, a specialist advisory body.
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