Recently I had the pleasure and privilege of attending the first same-sex wedding in our Area Meeting. It was a very moving occasion for all concerned, which brought tears to the eyes of many present. As well as as being special for both the couple and those who witnessed the union I would add that it was also a deeply gathered meeting for worship and beautiful in its simplicity. A number of us present described it as one of the best weddings we had attended.
By wonderful coincidence it came in the same week in which the Marriage Bill passed through its final hurdles in both houses of Parliament. In an inspirational speech a Friend, who had been one of the first in the UK to have a Quaker same-sex wedding, reminded us of this achievement by quoting from our national press release that “Quakers have been celebrating same-sex relationships as marriages within our faith community since 2009 and are delighted to see the law catch up. For all of us, whether we are in same-sex or opposite-sex relationships, equality just came a big step closer. Quakers have campaigned for the Marriage Bill because of our deeply held belief that we see the light of God in everyone which leads us to respect the inherent worth of each individual and each loving relationship”.