National Trust gives permission for gay vows on its estates

The National Trust has paved the way for gay and lesbian wedding ceremonies at its properties by allowing them to be marketed by dedicated same-sex weddings company Pink Weddings.

The trust, which is trying to shake off its fusty image, will allow its properties to be promoted on the Pink Weddings website. Pink Weddings' ceremonies are non-religious and non-statutory so do not require a civil licence.

Alison Henderson, PR manager at National Trust Enterprises, the trust's commercial wing, said: "We have had some feedback from members, but only a small number have questioned why we chose to make the agreement."

The trust says it is too early to say whether they will extend the service to include ceremonies to seal the 'civil partnerships' proposed in the Queen's Speech.

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