Same-sex couples are to be allowed to hold civil partnership ceremonies in churches and other places of worship in England and Wales.
Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone said no religious group would be forced to host them, but those who wished to could apply by the end of the year.
The Church of England said it had "no intention" of blessing gay couples.
Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell welcomed the move, but regretted it did not allow religious same-sex marriages.
The announcement was made in a written response to a consultation.
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