BBC bombarded with 1,200 complaints as Songs of Praise shows first gay wedding

The BBC received more than 1,200 complaints after the programme Songs of Praise broadcast its first gay wedding.

Some Christian viewers were incensed by the decision to air the ceremony on the BBC1 show on August 18.

Jamie Wallace, 27, and Ian McDowall, 39, were filmed as they tied the knot in the Rutherglen United Reform Church, near Glasgow, as part of Songs of Praise's Faith and Marriage episode.

The pair became the first same-sex couple to get married in the church after the congregation decided to support the move.

The United Reformed Church is one of the few Christian denominations to allow gay marriages, unlike the Church of England which has a ban on such ceremonies.

Despite some viewers expressing their outrage at the episode, others thanked the BBC for showing the landmark marriage.

A Songs of Praise spokesman told Mail Online : "As well as the complaints, we received almost 400 letters of congratulations, applauding the fact that Songs of Praise is reflecting modern Christianity."

Committed Christian Mr Wallace told Songs of Praise that he had dreamed of marrying his partner in front of fellow members of the church's congregation.

Stonewall, a charity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, added: "LGBT people exist in every community, in every workplace, in every region, from every ethnic background, and in every religion.

"Faith is often used to justify anti-LGBT views and attitudes. This is wrong and perpetuates a myth that faith and LGBT inclusion cannot coexist.

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