Church Of England Welcomes Gay Bishops With Partners—So Long As They’re Celibate

Screen Shot 2013-01-05 at 12.36.09 PMSometimes we scratch our heads over the philosophical gymnastics religious leaders go through to appear welcoming to the LGBT community while still denying our basic equality: In Great Britain, the Church of England has announced that gay priests in civil partnerships can become bishops— so long as they remain celibate.

To our mind, that’s worse then just telling us we’re not welcome—especially since the Church doesn’t ask its heterosexual clergy to be celibate.

The Rev Colin Coward, director of the LGBT Anglican group Changing Attitude, isn’t buying it:  “I don’t believe they are serious about opening the door to someone in a civil partnership becoming a bishop,” he said. “I would only believe they are serious when it happens.”