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Church of England allows blessings for same-sex couples

The Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, left and The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, gather at the General Synod of the Church of England, at Church House in London, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023.

London, UKAP The Church of England’s national assembly on Thursday voted to let priests bless same-sex marriages and civil partnerships, while continuing to ban church weddings for the same couples. Bishops proposed the compromise measure after five years of discussions about the church’s position on sexuality. It was approved by the church’s General Synod, which […]

Church of England refuses to back same-sex marriage

UK London Archbishop Justin Welby

London, UKAP The Church of England said Wednesday it will allow blessings for same-sex, civil marriages for the first time but same-sex couples still will not be allowed to marry in its churches. The decision followed five years of debate and consultation on the church’s position on sexuality. It is expected to be outlined in […]

At Lambeth, Anglican Communion abandons vote on same-sex marriage

UK Lambeth Conference

Canterbury England RNS The prejudice felt by gay people over same-sex marriage is the new racism, according to the head of the Episcopal Church of the United States. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, in an interview with Religion News Service on Tuesday, said that in the United States, “the issue of gay […]

Church of England leaders apologise for “damage and hurt” to LGBT+ people

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby August 2018

London, UKThomson Reuters Foundation The Church of England’s two most senior figures apologised on Monday for the “huge damage and hurt” caused to LGBT+ people, as the church published a package of teaching materials covering sexuality and gender identity. The Archbishops of Canterbury and York, Justin Welby and Stephen Cottrell respectively, said in a joint […]