The Church of England opposes same-sex marriage

Following five years of internal debate, the Church of England announced on Wednesday that priests will not be allowed to marry same-sex couples.

Bishops met on Tuesday to finalize recommendations that will uphold the church’s teaching that Holy Matrimony exists between one man and one woman for life, according to Christian Today.

In a statement, the church confirmed that same-sex couples cannot marry but will be given the opportunity to express gratitude.

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“Under the proposals, same-sex couples would still not be able to get married in a Church of England church,” the church said in a statement.

They can instead “come to church to give thanks for their civil marriage or civil partnership and receive God’s blessing,” it added.

The issue will not be put to a vote at the General Synod, the church’s legislative body when it meets in London early next month.

But the church said it will issue an apology to LGBTQ people for the “rejection, exclusion and hostility” they have faced in churches, the statement said.

The Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, said that “both personally and on behalf of my fellow bishops I would like to express our deep sorrow and grief at the way LGBTQI+ people and those they love have been treated by the Church”.

“We are deeply sorry and ashamed and want to take this opportunity to begin again in the spirit of repentance which our faith teaches us,” he added.


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