Petition to allow churches to perform civil unions

In the UK, civil partnerships are currently not legally permissible in religious buildings or
buildings used primarily for religious purposes. Some faith groups (for
instance, many Quakers) are open to civil partnerships but are unable to
perform legal partnership ceremonies under the current restrictions.

An on-line petition has been raised on the Downing Street website, asking
for the churches to have the freedom to decide for themselves. If you’re a British citizen, please consider going to sign the petition here:

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