Gay weddings in the Churches of England and Wales will be explicitly banned under new laws on same-sex marriage, the Government has announced.
Culture Secretary Maria Miller said other religious organisations would be able to “opt in” and offer weddings to homosexual couples.
David Cameron has backed the idea of gay marriage in church but Mrs Miller said there was too much opposition.
Unveiling the Government’s plans in the Commons, she promised that religious freedom would be protected via a “quadruple lock”.
As well as the ban for the established churches, it will be illegal to force a religious organisation or individual to conduct a gay wedding or allow it to happen on their premises.