Uniting Church ministers have agreed to allow individual ministers the right to decide whether to marry same-sex couples.
The third largest Christian denomination in the country will also allow individual ministers the right not to marry same-sex couples because of their beliefs.
The ABC reports that Uniting Church president Diedre Palmer said it was important the religious convictions of ministers were respected and protected.
“We accept the diversity in our midst and we are allowing our members the freedom to decide on whether they conduct same-sex marriages or not,” Dr Palmer said.
“We already have many LGBTIQ members in the Uniting Church.
“We hope that this will be an opportunity for them to feel more embraced and welcomed by our church.”
The decision came after the Churches first national assembly meeting since same-sex marriage was legalised.