frgavin on October 16th, 2012

From BBC News

A prominent Welsh gay cleric says it could take 10 years for same-sex marriages to be held in church.

But the Dean of St Albans, the Very Reverend Jeffrey John says he is confident the church will eventually welcome gay couples at the altar.

His prediction comes as the UK government prepares to respond to a consultation on the legalisation of same-sex marriages.

The south Wales-born cleric was talking to Taro Naw, made by BBC for S4C.

“The prime minister wants to see same-sex marriage becoming legal by 2015 and I’m sure that will happen,” said Dean John, originally from Tonyrefail in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Dean John has been with his partner, a Church of England hospital chaplain, for nearly 40 years. They became civil partners in 2006.

“I believe that before long we’ll see some kind of official services within the Church to bless gay partnerships, but not same-sex marriages,” he added.

“I think that will come but it could take another 10 years. That’s how the church works, we’re always two steps behind everyone else.”

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