frgavin on June 10th, 2013


The Church of England has announced that it will no longer fight the same sex ‘marriage’ Bill.

The statement was made by the Bishop of Leicester, who is the Convenor of the Lords Spiritual.

You can read the full statement here >
or the report in the Telegraph here >

This effectively signals the end of the Church of England’s official opposition to the Bill.

Archbishop of Canterbury’s speech

Despite voting against the Bill (by voting for Lord Dear’s “fatal motion”) the Archbishop’s position was unclear until he made his speech in the House of Lords. However, in his speech the Archbishop referred to “the strong and welcome contribution by the Bishop of Salisbury.” This is a reference to the Bishop of Salisbury’s letter to Lord Alli, in which he explains why he is sympathetic to “equal marriage.” (See the letter here.)

It is extremely disappointing that Archbishop Welby commended him for this contribution rather than rebuking him for advocating a position contrary to Scripture and the Church’s teaching.

The Archbishop also approved of the idea of same sex relationships in his speech, contrary to the Bible’s teaching on homosexuality. He said: “It is clearly essential that stable and faithful same sex relationships should, where those involved want it, be recognised and supported with as much dignity and the same legal effect as marriage”.

A full transcript of the Archbishop’s speech is available here >

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