A report released ahead of the Methodist Church's Conference this summer has recommended changing the rules to allow same-sex weddings to take place in its chapels.
The recommendation was made in a report called 'God in Love Unites Us', prepared by the Methodist Church's Marriage and Relationships Task Group.
It has been drawn up in light of huge changes in society regarding same-sex relationships, including the legalisation of civil partnerships and same-sex marriage in the last 15 years, but also the Government's most recent announcement last year to open up civil partnerships to heterosexual couples.
The task group added that there was a need to address the "hurt" felt by those in the Methodist Church who feel that its current definition of marriage implies that they are "lesser persons". ...