hurch Stance On Gay Marriage ‘Increasingly Untenable’ For An Established Church, Say MPs
by Harry Farley, Christian Today:
MPs are branding the established Church’s status on sexuality ‘untenable’, ‘unfair’ and ‘hard to justify’ as they piled on pressure for a change.
Labour’s Ben Bradshaw and Chris Bryant and Tory MP Robert Jenrick all voiced their concern after a bishops’ report on sexuality was rejected by the Church of England’s ruling body.
The report kept a conservative line on gay marriage and was criticised by members of the general synod for its tone towards LGBT people.
Ben Bradshaw, Labour MP for Exeter, who is Anglican and in a gay relationship, said: ‘Is it not increasingly untenable for our Church, which enjoys significant privileges in this country because of its established status, to continue to discriminate against its own members simply because they happen to be gay?’
Robert Jenrick, Conservative MP for Newark, raised the case of Canon Jeremy Pemberton, a constituent of his, who was barred from taking a role as a priest because he entered a gay marriage.