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July 17, 2012

Two member churches of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches look set to make major decisions about how to recognize same-sex relationships this month, with one already voting to register and bless civil partnerships

The largest British Christian denomination to date has voted to allow civil partnerships to be registered in its churches in the same month that its Australian sister church will debate the issue of same-sex marriage.

Britain’s United Reformed Church voted on July 7 at its General Assembly to allow civil partnerships in its churches following an hour long debate.

However it will be up to individual churches to decide whether they will allow civil partnerships in deference to dissenters.