A UK-based equality group are urging peers in the House of Lords
to support same-sex unions on religious premises.
The Cutting Edge Consortium - an alliance working to end
faith-based hompophobia - has made the request after the
Conservative Party's Baroness O'Cathain asked them to annul the
Marriages and Civil Partnerships Regulations 2011 Amendment, which
The move was something Prime Minister David Cameron has pushed
for - and was a key element of his address at the Conservative
Party Conference, last month.
But O'Cathain has rallied against his efforts, claiming that it
compromises religious expression.
But the CEC believes that to annul the Regulations would
"represent a significant blow to equality and to religious
In a stement issued earlier today, they reminded peers that the
amendment is optional for religious premises - meaning that no
venues would be legally punished for rejecting gay or lesbian