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French Protestant Church backs gay marriage

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By Euronews
French Protestant Church backs gay marriage

<p>France’s United Protestant Church (EPUdF) has voted to allow pastors to bless same-sex marriages.</p> <p>The move comes two years after Paris legalised gay marriage.</p> <p>It is now up to individual pastors and parishes to decide if they wish to perform ceremonies for gay couples or not.</p> <p>Protestants make up around two percent of the French population and most of them are evangelicals who are opposed to same-sex marriage.</p> <p>Gay weddings have proved a divisive issue for the Protestant Church internationally. </p> <p>More liberal countries such as in Sweden and Denmark have been highly supportive of approving gay weddings while others choose to offer a service which is different from a traditional marriage.</p> <p>Conservative Protestant churches oppose gay weddings saying they are contrary to the teachings of the Bible.</p> <p>Roman Catholicism also opposes same-sex marriage.</p>