Prominent Melbourne priest Father Bob Maguire said he would marry a gay couple - but not in a church, reports 9 News.
The 75-year-old Fr Maguire said he realised Catholic leaders would not want a gay marriage held inside a church but it was his duty to help people in need, including homosexual couples.
"I'd probably consult the bosses and then I'd go back to the clients and tell them we can't do it here - it's not personal, it's institutional," he told the Herald Sun.
Meanwhile, UK Christians are concerned with Coalition government plans to allow gay civil partnership ceremonies in churches, worried that vicars will be forced against their will to conduct civil partnership ceremonies, said a report on Christian Today.
The plans are being championed by the Liberal Democrats, who are also pursuing full "marriage" rights for same-sex couples.
They have received the support of the Quakers and Christian homosexuality rights groups but strong opposition from other sections of the church.
Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu told BBC One's Andrew Marr show: "I live in a liberal democracy and I want equality for everybody. I cannot say the Quakers shouldn't do it.
"Nor do I want somebody to tell me the Church of England must do it or the Roman Catholic Church must do it because actually that is not what equality is about."
It is expected that any legislation passed will allow churches and other religious settings to choose whether or not they host civil partnership ceremonies but some Christians are still concerned that the religious freedom of churches will be compromised.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme, the Rev Rod Thomas, of orthodox Anglican group Reform, said that even if changes to the law safeguarded the right of Christians to opt out of conducting gay civil partnership ceremonies in their churches, the likelihood was that churches would be unable to refuse in practice.
Catholic priest says he'd marry gay couple (9 News)
UK Christians alarmed by Coalition plans to allow gay civil partnership ceremonies in churches (Christian Today)
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