There is concern over in Britain that “William Blake’s Jerusalem, beloved of sporting crowds and Prince William, is in danger of being ‘reserved for homosexuals’” during their gay weddings.
[Labour MP Chris] Bryant said that for heterosexual couples getting married in church, “many clergy will refuse to allow it to be sung because it’s not a hymn addressed to God.” The same couple having a civil service would also be preventing from playing or singing the song because of its religious aspects. By contrast, Mr Bryant said, Government plans to allow same-sex ceremonies with “a religious aspect” could allow the song at homosexual marriages.
Bryant, himself gay and married, wants to make sure that “Jerusalem” is available to everybody. We live in such interesting times!