A UK bishop has slammed the Church of England’s stance on gay marriage, saying that gay clergy should defy the Church and marry their partners.
Rt Revd Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham, believes LGBT clergy can find their way around the Chruch restrictions on gay marriage, the Telegraph newspaper reports.
‘For them to get married is following a deeply conscientious path’ he said.
‘They believe they are fulfilling their ordination vow to by getting married not just shacking up with their friend.
‘You even have this extraordinary situation where there are gay-partnered bishops – so that gay-partnered bishops are saying to gay-partnered clergy ‘why are you marrying Fred?’ and the only logical answer is ‘Why aren’t you marrying Tom?’
‘It’s as silly as that.’
Wilson also believes gay clergy would be happier once out and open about their sexuality.
‘If you start to live in a society where there is no longer shame just in being gay I think it is like frostbite coming off – it hurts’ he said.
‘That process is immensely painful and I don’t want to be brutal about that at all and I do recognise the difficulties but, yes, I think most gay people would be happier out – including bishops.’
As of yesterday (29 March) LGBT couples could legally get married in England and Wales, with the first couples ceremonies being shared by media worldwide. Wilson added that he is more than happy to perform gay marriages.
‘Obviously if approached by a gay couple I’m perfectly happy for both myself and my colleagues to devise something with them which is as appropriate as it can be in the present anomalous state that we are in’ he said.
Last month, new pastoral guidelines issued by the Church outlines what they were prepared to accept as far as gay marriages were concerned.
The guidelines stated that gay priests marrying would be banned, as it would be ‘clearly at odds’ with the Church.
Furthermore, gay couples would be denied official blessings by priests and could only special prayers from their priest.
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