From CHRISTIAN TODAY:
The song beloved of English people everywhere, Jerusalem, is in danger of being “reserved for homosexuals”, MPs have heard. Labour MP Chris Bryant suggested heterosexual couples are being discriminated against because many churches refuse to allow them to sing the song at their weddings because it is “not a hymn addressed to God”. Even if a heterosexual couple were to opt for a civil service, they would still not be able to sing it because of its religious references.
Ironically, under government plans to allow civil partnership ceremonies to include a “religious aspect”, gay couples would be able to sing it.
Mr Bryant, the openly gay former Foreign Office Minister, told the Daily Mail that he was “fighting for the rights of straight couples”.
COMMENT: Due to the jealousy with which vicars and music directors guard their right to choose the hymns at church services, their own wedding is probably the only occasion in their whole lives that people (including regular churchgoers) get to choose the hymns to be sung during a service. To be dictatorial about the hymns they can choose on that one occasion does seem incredibly mean-spirited and, therefore, fully in keeping with the general ethos of the Church of England.