Church Of England No Longer To Reject Gay Marriage

Screen shot 2014-03-28 at 14.12.22Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has signalled that the Church of England will no longer resist gay marriage, a topic that deeply divides the Anglican Church around the world.

Speaking to the Guardian, the Archbishop said:

“I think the church has reacted by fully accepting that it’s the law, and should react on Saturday by continuing to demonstrate in word and action, the love of Christ for every human being.”

This Saturday (29th March) marks the start of the first gay marriages in the UK.

There are many gay clergy in the UK that want to now marry their same-sex partners, given the change in law. Archbishop Welby’s tone comes in stark contrast to a letter sent by bishops last month, that attempted to block this from happening.

This resulted in a huge backlash from supporters.

However, the Archbishop’s words of late signal a general softening in the Church’s approach to gay people.

Last year, the Archbishop expressed his “sadness and sorrow [that] it is also absolutely true the church has not always served the LGBT communities as it should.”

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  • DickieJohnson

    Somehow, I’d imagined the UK was ahead of the USA on marriage equality. Last year, the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi announced that same-sex unions could be performed within the Church, but left the final yea/nay up to each parish priest. Now, we just have to wait for the MS Legislature to change the law banning same-sex marriage.

  • gaym50ish

    This departure from “traditional” marriage must have the Church of Entland’s founder, King Henry VIII, turning over in his grave — along with his wife Catherine of Aragon, his wife Anne Boleyn, his wife Jane Seymour, his wife Anne of Cleves, his wife Kathryn Howard and his wife Katherine Parr.

    A couple of them lost their heads over Henry’s devotion to traditional marriage.

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