Baptist Union to consider allowing ministers to marry a same-sex partner

Jun 23, 2022 by

by Marcus Jones, Premier:
The Baptist Union of Great Britain has revealed it is “reflecting on a request” to change its rules around same sex marriage for its accredited ministers.

In a communication with its churches, it confirmed a request was made in 2020 by 70 members – the majority of which are ministers

The request asked that the Ministerial Recognition Rules be changed to remove a line which says that marriage is defined as “exclusively between a man and a woman”.

That change would mean that any minister who married their same sex partner would no longer be committing gross misconduct and therefore have their accreditation revoked.

In a long letter addressing the issue, Baptist Union general secretary Lynn Green said: “It is this question that has arisen from the grassroots that now needs to be responded to by us nationally.

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