A report commissioned by the Church of England has recommended allowing the church to recognize and celebrate the marriages of gay and lesbian couples.

The report unveiled Thursday by a working group suggests members of the clergy should “be able to offer appropriate services to mark a faithful same-sex relationship” but “should be under no obligation to do so.”

Several in the group signed onto a “dissenting statement,” the BBC reported.

Gay couples in England and Wales can currently enter a civil partnership. But a marriage law approved over the summer will take effect next year, allowing gay couples to marry in the nation for the first time.

The law explicitly bans the Church of England and the Church of Wales from “opting in” to offer marriages to gay couples, unlike other religious groups. The prohibition is to ensure that the Church of England and the Church of Wales cannot be forced to perform such unions.

(Related: Scotland gay marriage bill clears major hurdle.)