Archbishop of Wales Calls on Anglicans to Welcome Gay People, Marriage Equality

Archbishop of Wales Dr. Barry Morgan has called on the Anglican Church to welcome gay people, and accept marriage equality should it pass in the UK:

MorganIn his presidential address to members of the Church in Wales' Governing Body in Llandudno, North Wales, the archbishop called on fellow Anglicans to prove that the Gospel of Jesus was "good news" for gay people.

He said: "The Government's consultation on civil marriage raises a whole host of theological questions for the church. My concern is that in any discussion which might ensue on this, gay people may once more gain the impression the church is uncaring and unsympathetic.

"If the legislation to allow civil marriage is passed, I cannot see how we as a church will be able to ignore the legality of the status of such partnerships and we ought not to want to do so.

"The question is, will the church protect and support pastorally faithful, stable, lifelong relationships of whatever kind in order to encourage human values such as love and fidelity? Things could be said in the coming months which I think could seriously damage people pastorally."

"Rev Andrew Morton, vicar of Llangybi, Monmouthshire, who recently announced his intention to resign in an effort to move forward efforts to secure the full inclusion of gays and lesbians in the church," responded to Wales Online:

Mr Morton said it was clear there were same-sex unions that were “as full of grace as many heterosexual relationships”.

Predicting some disquiet in the denomination as a result of the speech, he said: “I don’t think he will gain universal approval and I think there are some people who will be aghast [who] will think he’s sold out to political correctness which is a nonsense. Anybody who knows Barry knows he couldn’t give a monkey’s about political correctness.”

Instead, Mr Morton said, the archbishop’s priority was identifying “truth”.


  1. ratbastard says

    The Anglican – Episcopal Church is being ripped apart on this subject, in England, the U.S. and especially in the 3rd world.

  2. Contrarian says

    @ratb. Indeed, and for its trouble it gets no appreciation, much less love from the LGBT community. That’s called shallow doctrinaire “Religion is in all cases evil” thinking. IMHO, the community needs to stop kicking or ignoring heteros who are either allies or at least quasi-friendly.

  3. Fr. Raymond Burgoon-Clqrk says

    No, less than 10% of US congregations and a handful of small, weak “high church” dioceses (Ft. Worth being the exception) have left The Episcopal Church (TEC), the legitimate Anglican body in the US, and have joined with a multitude of illegal, heretical, and schismatic “neo-anglican” bodies, most egged on by the “bishops” of the “Global South,” who are violating a vow that dates to the 4th century A.D., that is, not to invade another bishop’s jurisdiction.

    They have invaded the US Province of TEC, headed by The Most Rev’d Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop and Primate, duly elected and consecrated by our General Convention (called “Provincial Synod” in other parts of Anglicanism … we are one of very few provinces that doesn’t give the Presiding Bishop the title of “Archbishop” … probably has to do with most of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution being Anglicans, and not wanting to confer titles reserved to the Sovereign in England.

    TEC is just fine; courts have unanimously established that departing parishes held their buildings and endowments in trust for TEC and the General Convention; the US Supreme Court has refused to hear any appeals on the subject; lower courts have awarded ALL buildings and endowments to the national Church.

    A few places (like my “home” parish, St. James 55th St., Cleveland, OH, a famous old “anglo-catholic” “shrine church,” have bought their buildings back from the TEC diocese. Since St. James is a typical “Dorothy Day Catholic” social action slum parish deep in the slums, the Diocese sold it back to them for $30K, lock, stock, and historic pipe organ .

    St. James has always been gay-friendly; THEY left over Prayer Book revision, and (paradoxically) over women priests and bishops.

    Go figure …

    Father Raymond Burgoon-Clark
    Cathedral City, CA