So religions have actually welcomed the idea that gay people can get “married” on their premises. Well, some of them have.
You see, it was, as far as I can see, never intended that churches would be forced to splice same-sex couples. They would always have the choice
As it happens, they will have to apply to register their premises – just as nonreligious venues do now. They can decide not to bother.
But, as ever, to suit their arguments against gay people per se, some religionists bleated that vicars and other befrocked individuals who camp it up in churches, mosques, synagogues and the like could be sued if they refused to carry out a ceremony.
We wait with interest to see what arguments, if any, the nastier end of religion will come up with now to criticise this new provision, which came in with the Equality Bill, now through its final stages in the House of Commons.