Changes in UK law will see same-sex couples given the right have their civil ceremonies in religious buildings.
The change only requires the law to be altered to ensure that it complies with section 202 of the Equality Act and churches cannot be forced to comply.
Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell spoke of his delight at the change.
“Allowing civil partnership ceremonies to have a religious content and to be held in places of worship is a significant advance for gay and religious freedom,” he said.
“It was petty and authoritarian to ban faith organisations like the Quakers from holding civil partnership ceremonies, when they clearly expressed a wish to do so.
“The old restrictions forced religious bodies to discriminate against same-sex couples, even when they didn’t want to.”