_SAGE_ saidThe UK has traditionally been quite steeped in convention yes, but not so much these days, except in small and archaic social circles. The older generations may still hold on to some traditions they hold dear, but even then, nowhere near as much as people assume about us Brits. The younger generations in the UK are much more worldly and free thinking. No more so than the gays and or intellectuals, from my experience.
Yh I agree that church buildings can be quite grand. However, the fact that homosexuality is such a revulsion to Christianity and it's followers, as a whole, yet the fact that there is still a sizeable amount of gay people who still aspire to hetero-normative dogma and social-institutions for validation, not merely for the building itself, seems quite odd to me.
People can get married in a whole range of beautiful, exotic, grande or humble setting, municipal buildings aren't the only alternative.
I am glad that this Bill is likely to be passed, as there should always be the option for gays to marry anywhere straight people can, despite how bizzare in this instance, imo.
You live there today, while myself only some little time years ago, so your view carries the greater weight. I agree with you, a matter of options, for those who wish them. And their reasoning for those choices their business, not mine. Though I would think even young people, humans being humans everywhere, may harbor some inner fantasies about their wedding day (even if by civil ceremony), that transcend contemporary political philosophies and day-to-day life.
Because the alternative to having options has been quite discriminatory & insulting: gays & lesbians legally barred from church venues for their civil ceremonies. Which may still occur as the church's choice, but at least the government will no longer be a party to it, and enforce it.
BTW, a clarification of my last post above: I talked about brides' dresses and such as both a parallel, but also, which I failed to make clear, aspirations that might apply to some lesbians, and quite frankly, some gays, too. Not to suggest gays coming down the aisle in a full gown (though I can imagine the possibility), but a boy can have his own fantasies of fairy tale weddings, too.
As you say, a matter of having options, and not restrictions placed on us.