UK: Cameron Promises to Open Churches for Gay Marriages

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has promised the country's gay community that he will reverse a law that bans homosexual marriage ceremonies from taking place in religious buildings.

"If religious organisations, if churches, if mosques, if temples want to have civil partnerships celebrated at religious places of worship, that should be able to happen and we should make that happen," Cameron said during a gay pride reception on Wednesday at 10 Downing Street's rose garden, according to

"Of course those organisations that don't want that to happen have their rights too, but we shouldn't let some legalistic nonsense get in the way of people who want to celebrate civil partnerships in churches, and when there are churches that want that to happen, we should allow that to happen," he said.

Cameron, who called himself someone who "believes in marriage…in civil partnership…in commitment," and has his first child on the way, said that he was "pleased" to make the announcement and that the policy is a "good step and a right step" for the country.

"We are going to make sure that that does happen," he added.

Cameron, who has come under fire in recent months for pandering to pressure from homosexual activists, is the first Tory to host such a reception. Previous Labour Prime Ministers Gordon Brown and Tony Blair both hosted gay receptions.

Along with the reception, Cameron's government released a document outlining its strategy for achieving equal rights for the gay community.

The measures listed included dropping criminal record convictions for those who had engaged in underage gay sex prior to 2001's lowering of the age of consent to 16.

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