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This Christian reality show just featured its first-ever gay wedding and homophobes are freaking out

Songs of Praise is a Christian reality series that has aired on the BBC since 1961. It is one of the longest-running shows in its genre and features Christian hymns being sung in churches of varying denominations around the U.K.

This week, the show featured its very first same-sex wedding.

Jamie Wallace and Ian McDowall, a gay couple from Scotland, exchanged vows on camera at Glasgow’s Rutherglen United Reformed Church. The wedding also included a Northern Irish choir.

During the episode, Wallace’s mother said her son “always wanted to get married in a church” and that having his wedding featured on the show “means the whole world.”

“[His faith is] very important to him, ever since he was a wee boy,” she said.

But not everyone so thrilled about seeing two guys getting married on a Christian TV program…

During the episode, the grooms reflected on the church’s oppression of LGBTQ love.

“Jesus preaches about love, inclusion, kindness, compassion,” McDowell said. “A good lady who comes to this church told us in one of our discussions, people will change, and don’t underestimate older people, either. They just need to think about it, and they’ll get there one day.”

“We didn’t want to carry on arguing about it,” Rev. Andy Braunston added, “so we decided to live with the difference.”

Speaking to the DailyMail, cast member Kathryn Jenkins says the show is slowly but surely reformatting itself to better represent the modern Christian faith.

“Today we do have our congregational moments but we show the different ways people worship,” she said “If you do that walking over mountains rather than in a cathedral, it doesn’t make you any less of a Christian.”

“It’s about adapting, making faith personal. Loads of my friends watch, most of them on iPlayer. I have one who enjoys it in the gym.”