Priest in Newham compares gay marriage to cake

17:05 07 February 2013

Rev Canon Ann Easter

Rev Canon Ann Easter


Rev. Canon Ann Easter has compared marriage and civil partnerships to the difference between chocolate and lemon cake.

Ms Easter, who was the first Chaplain to HM the Queen to come from Newham, made the comments in response to MPs voting to approve same sex marriage.

Ms Easter, who is also chief executive of the Renewal Programme in Forest Gate, said: “My feeling is that marriage is specifically between a man and a woman. But I want civil partnerships to be exactly equivalent and carry all the rights and responsibilities of a marriage, and should be allowed in a church.

“Perhaps a nicer word than civil partnership needs to be found but marriage should always be between a man and a woman. Just like chocolate cake and lemon cake it is not the same thing.”

MPs this week voted in favour of the bill which will now be debated in the House of Lords.

Please us let us know what you think here or on our Facebook or Twitter page.


Latest Newham News Stories

Yesterday, 17:00

West Ham should have to play behind closed doors if violence at the London Stadium continues, an MP has said.

Premier League
Yesterday, 16:30

The managing director of a new nursery scheme set to launch in January has called it a “great opportunity”.

Newham Council
Yesterday, 14:19

If you’re looking to buy a home in Newham, you’d better start saving now.

Yesterday, 12:54

A research centre devoted to analysing and tackling terrorism and extremism has launched at the University of East London (UEL).

David Cameron

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news


Show Job Lists


Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

Read more

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Read more

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now