Protest at Church of England gay debate

 

Peaceful protesters have gathered at the headquarters of the Church of England as bishops meet to discuss gay sexuality and marriage.

The church’s General Synod will vote today on a recent report which stated that marriage should only be between a man and a woman, and that the clergy should not be allowed to bless same-sex relationships.

The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement and Changing Attitude, supported by human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, called for the bishops to reject the report.

Tatchell said that the report “denies the right of same-sex couples to be blessed in church, even though it will bless cats and dogs, and it gives a very clear message that clergy who are in same-sex marriages which are lawful will be denied promotion.”

However the Bishop of Willesden, the Right Reverend Pete Broadbent, told the BBC that the bishops’ role was to hold the church together and that the campaigners were asking them to go further and more hurriedly than they could.

“We need to do more work on what we can agree around and not just say because we’ve had the shared conversations, we can give campaigners exactly what they want,” he said.