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C of E to cease resistance to marriage equality in the UK?

C of E to cease resistance to marriage equality in the UK?

It is tempting to overreact to this story in the Guardian, so be careful. The Archbishop of Canterbury may, in fact, be signaling “an end to the Church of England’s resistance” to marriage equality in the United Kingdom, but that doesn’t mean the church is going to change its internal policies or work toward greater acceptance of LGBT people in the Anglican Communion.

Andrew Brown writes:

The Archbishop of Canterbury has signalled that the Church of England will mount no more resistance to gay marriage among churchgoers.

Gay marriage will be legalised from Saturday with dozens of ceremonies planned around the country for one minute past midnight. This passing of the legislation caused deep rifts within the church.

“I think the church has reacted by fully accepting that it’s the law, and should react on Saturday by continuing to demonstrate in word and action, the love of Christ for every human being.” Justin Welby told the Guardian.


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Less interesting to me, than the RCC spokeswoman in the UK who tried to pass off that the RCC had never opposed civil partnerships! [The BBC busted her on this]

“The church was absolutely happy to see civil partnership law passed,” adds O’Reilly.”

Oh yeah????

“Correction: A quote by Fiona O’Reilly has been removed that implied that the Catholic Church for England and Wales accepted the passing of the law on civil partnerships, which, in fact, the church opposed.”

That’s the thing about the Church(es). When they change their minds, they never say “we changed our minds”.

JC Fisher

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