Poll backs gay marriage stance
Taranaki Daily News readers are backing the right of churches to refuse to marry same-sex couples.
Yesterday, Reverend Val Riches, the regional dean of North East Taranaki, said she hoped the Anglican church would perform same-sex ceremonies after the Marriage Amendment Bill drew healthy support in Parliament.
But most churches contacted by the Daily News said they would refuse to conduct such ceremonies, even if the bill was passed into law.
And a survey appears to support their stance.
In an online poll conducted yesterday, 69 per cent of the more than 500 people who responded agreed that churches should follow their faith and doctrine and refuse to marry gay couples.
Just 31 per cent felt that it would be wrong and behind the times to refuse the ceremonies.