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OPINION: How will the Church of England respond to heterosexual civil partnerships?

OPINION: How will the Church of England respond to heterosexual civil partnerships?

By Jeremy Pemberton The Church of England likes to portray itself as the friend of civil partnerships for LGBT+ people. This is notwithstanding the fact that, when the legislation was passing through the House of Lords in 2004, the majority of its 26 bishops in the British upper chamber of parliament voted for an amendment […]

Opinion: The Church of England must break its toxic colonial legacy

Opinion: The Church of England must break its toxic colonial legacy

March 12 marks the 25th anniversary of the ordination of women priests within the Church of England. Yet while today marks one milestone, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people remain second-class citizens. Next year the Anglican bishops from around the world will meet for the Lambeth Conference. Except that a tranche of them, mostly from […]

Anglican Church slammed for excluding same-sex spouses from 2020 conference

Anglican Church slammed for excluding same-sex spouses from 2020 conference

Leading gay Christians have accused the Anglican Church of hypocrisy following its decision to ban same-sex spouses from attending the church’s 2020 global conference. Canon Jeremy Pemberton, who in 2014 became the first Church of England priest to wed his same-sex partner, said the move to exclude LGBT+ spouses “panders to the views of the […]

Church of England faces calls to withdraw trans welcome ceremonies

Church of England faces calls to withdraw trans welcome ceremonies

The Church of England is facing pressure to withdraw guidance for ceremonies welcoming transgender worshippers, following a transition, after more than 2,000 members signed a letter of protest. Clergy members were among those who signed the open letter, saying the “notion of gender transition is highly contested in wider society” and the guidance for baptism-style […]

UK: Anglican Bishop Urges Full Acceptance of Same-sex Marriages

UK: Anglican Bishop Urges Full Acceptance of Same-sex Marriages

The Anglican Bishop of Bradwell in the UK, Rt Rev John Wraw, who had been diagnosed 3 years ago with multiple myeloma, a form of cancer that was ‘treatable but not curable’, and now is no longer treatable, has come out in favour of same-sex marriages. He has said that same-sex relationships are “God given”, […]

UK: C of E Bishop Chamberlain Admits Gay Relationship

UK: C of E Bishop Chamberlain Admits Gay Relationship

Nicholas Chamberlain, the Church of England bishop of Grantham, has admitted that he is in a gay relationship, but says it is a celibate one, in line with Church rules. The bishop says he obeys the Church rules which say he must be celibate, but that his relationship is long-term and committed. Justin Welby, who […]

Tribunal Says Gay Clergyman Job Withdrawal Not Discrimination

Tribunal Says Gay Clergyman Job Withdrawal Not Discrimination

When gay Church of England canon and father of five, Jeremy Pemberton, married his partner, Laurence Cunnington, in April last year, he had his licence to officiate revoked, and an offer to work in Nottinghamshire was also withdrawn after the marriage. Yet an employment tribunal ruled that this was not discrimination.