LGBT leaders threaten to quit Church of England dialogue unless bishops support gay marriage

Nov 27, 2020 by

from Christian Today:

LGBT leaders and supporters in the Church of England are threatening a mass walkout from a recently-launched discussion process about sexual issues unless bishops give an urgent guarantee to support the marriage of same-sex partners in church.

The warning was issued in a joint letter sent to 34 bishops “known to be supporters of LGBTIQ+ people”, among them the Archbishop of York and the Bishops of Oxford, Manchester, Leeds, Dover and Liverpool.

The letter was sent by Jeremy Timm, former chair of Changing Attitude England, and co-signed by a number of LGBT clergy and supporters, including Rev Colin Coward, founder of Changing Attitude England, the Very Rev Michael Sadgrove, Dean Emeritus of Durham, and Canon Jeremy Pemberton who previously brought a failed discrimination case against the Church of England over its same-sex marriage stance.

The signers say they will abandon the Living in Love and Faith (LLF) discussions set for 2021 unless the bishops make a public declaration in support of LGBT equality in the Church.

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