As some of you are probably sick of hearing about already (though, oddly, I couldn't find a recent topic on the matter), the UK government is currently arguing about letting gay people get married in exactly the same way as straight couples. The new law got through isn't yet official, and may not be approved after all, but it's looking more likely than ever that this is going to be a thing over here sooner rather than later. Even if it's overturned now, it'll only come back later.
However, there's something I don't get about this: The law doesn't actually force churches to marry gay couples. They have the ability to make the choice themselves, and every major religious organisation in the UK has already said they wouldn't do it regardless of the law. So what's the point of a law allowing gay marriage if there are no churches in the UK that'll play along? The only place you could get 'married' would be in a registry office, and that'd be no different than just getting a civil partnership in the first place (it comes with pretty much all the same rights as a marriage).
So... I dunno, is this just another pointless argument over the definition of a word, or am I missing something here? Are there any recognised churches in the UK that HAVE said they'd obey such a law?
P.S: I don't actually care about the opinion war behind gay marriage, hence the reason why it's not in the Politics forum. I'm only interested in the apparent logic failure in letting the churches decide the availability of places gay couples could get married.