Anglicans May End Ban on Civil Partnerships on Church Premises

Anglican bishops say they'll support a lifting of the current ban on holding civil partnership ceremonies in church:

Alli  "Senior bishops in the Lords have told The Times that they will support an amendment to the Equality Bill next month that will lift the ban on civil partnership ceremonies in religious premises. The amendment would remove the legislative prohibition on blessings of homosexual couples and open the door to the registration of civil partnerships in churches, synagogues, mosques and all other religious premises.

In a letter to The Times a group of Church of England clerics say today that religious denominations should be allowed to register civil partnerships on their premises if they wish.

It would be up to individual denominations whether to offer civil partnership ceremonies…The Lords amendment is expected to be tabled in the next few days by Lord Alli, the Labour peer, who is openly gay. It is likely to be backed by the Conservatives and, significantly, the Bishop of Leicester, the Right Rev Timothy Stevens, who convenes the 26 bishops in the House."

Advocates expressed approval at the news: "Stonewall, the gay rights campaign group, said: 'We know this is a matter of importance to only a small number of people, but it is important nonetheless. And the amendment makes clear that the celebration of civil partnerships is permissible, not mandatory.'


  1. Jason says

    My Father lived in the West Coast of Ireland for quite a while and the Deacon, Vicor or whatever the head of a parish of the Church of Ireland (Anglican Church)is called, performed unions all the time for Lesbians and Gays. My Dad would have him over for dinner and the father said he wasn’t supposed to but feck em, none of their damn business it was his Parrish and he would do what he wanted to.

  2. cd says

    thank the Lord for Lord Alli, he proves it really matters who is in office, as he was great in Mehdi Kazemi matter and he’s been great on this, long live his Lordship Alli.

  3. clint says

    Jason, many priests all over the Anglican Communion have the same attitude as your Vicar friend in Ireland. My partner and I were blessed by just such a priest. Incidentally, the Church of Ireland is actually growing quite a bit these days, thanks to: 1) the sexual abuse scandals and out-of-date attitudes of the Catholic Church there, and 2) a more tolerant attitude within the Church of Ireland to more Catholic practices and High Church masses. Because of the Irish-Anglo drama all those years, the C of I used to be very much more Protestant and Low Church in character than the rest of the Anglican Communion, but that’s all changing to everyone’s relief.
    RE the subject of the article: I will believe it when I see it. There’s lots of progressives in the C of E, but also lots of shitheads in rochets and chimeres who might possibly derail the whole idea of blessing civil unions in church. Maybe this time a majority will give ++Cantuar the finger, and the Ugandans/Nigerians and all them the finger, and do the right thing for once.

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