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Church of England: Growing Support for Gay Marriage is 'Not a Case for Changing Obedience to God'

WelbyWith marriage equality in the United Kingdom now law, the Church of England has found itself in a bit of a pickle in terms of how to address the UK's changing attitude on homosexuality. While the Church has taken positive steps recently, such as its new campaign to combat homophobic bullying in schools across the country, the official doctrine of classifying homosexuality as sin remains firmly in place.

Justin Welby (pictured right), the Archbishop of Canterbury and senior bishop in the Church of England, says that despite the Church's opposition to marriage equality being 'utterly overwhelmed' by vocal supporters, Christian views on same-sex relations should not change. Pink News reports:

"Addressing over 6,000 people at [a Church of England] conference, he said it would be 'foolish' to ignore the 'revolution' of same-sex marriage coming into law in England and Wales.

"He acknowledged that the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act, which has now received Royal Assent, had support from all parties, but said that was not enough for Christians to change from their 'obedience to God.'

"Archbishop Welby voted against equal marriage in the House of Lords, and had said he could hear the 'roar of revolution' on listening to debate around the issue.

"The Church of England had opposed the same-sex marriage bill until June, when it said that it accepted that there was a clear majority in Parliament to introduce same-sex marriage and that it would therefore end its opposition to changing the law."



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  1. Translation: "not a case for changing obedience to the church"

    Posted by: Steve | Jul 30, 2013 3:40:03 PM

  2. Another sissy!

    Posted by: Jack M | Jul 30, 2013 3:42:24 PM

  3. If God can go along with people in cotton-polyester blends eating ham sandwiches, God can go along with same-sex marriage.

    Posted by: Fester | Jul 30, 2013 4:16:48 PM

  4. for a church founded on marriage 'issues', they really have no call to be righteous in any sense of the word when it comes to who marries who. a certain king set them up for that.......

    Posted by: mike/ | Jul 30, 2013 4:20:35 PM

  5. Here's a strong argument for separation of church and state.

    Posted by: PAUL | Jul 30, 2013 4:29:42 PM

  6. Exactly, Mike. The very foundation of the Church of England (aka Anglican aka Episcopalian) was based on the founder's desire to IGNORE what Jesus said about marriage so that he (Henry VIII) could divorce and remarry in the church he invented.
    So gay Christians are supposed to blindly follow people like this clown (when Jesus said not a word critical of same-sex relationships), while the church hierarchy seem to think they know better than Jesus about marriage and divorce.

    Posted by: GregV | Jul 30, 2013 4:36:22 PM

  7. The pope have no problems with gays... who's this irrelevant queen ????!!!!!

    Posted by: MArk | Jul 30, 2013 5:25:54 PM

  8. Fine, he can obey his god, I'll continue to obey mine -- although mine don't require abject servitude.

    Posted by: Hunter | Jul 30, 2013 6:05:58 PM

  9. "Growing Support for Gay Marriage is 'Not a Case for Changing Obedience to God'"

    Says the church founded to facilitate divorce.

    Posted by: Seattle Gregg | Jul 30, 2013 8:27:58 PM

  10. Things would have been much more interesting if old Henry VIII were gay.

    Henry started the process, but it was his son Edward and then the Stewarts that really made it the supreme church of England and a huge force in the daily lives of the English.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 31, 2013 3:01:31 AM

  11. It is an attempt for the church to avoid losing more members of the club! RELIGION IS PITIFUL! They have changed the rules throughout time to keep these so-called holy people employed. Only for those who have not grown up enough to accept life on its own terms.

    I will never accept religion! After what it has done to homosexuality? Religion is pour enemy - anyone who doubts needs to read that book again - LEVITICUS says it all.

    Posted by: GRiera | Jul 31, 2013 7:21:42 AM

  12. The Bible is clear that same-sex marriage and opposite-sex marriage are the same to God. "There is neither male nor female, there is no Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, you are all one in Christ" (Galatians 3:28). God does not discriminate against His children on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, class, ethnicity, etc. Indeed, Jesus taught the values of love, non-judgmentalism, generosity, and helping those, such as gay people, who are persecuted by sinful human society. God created gay people and God does not make mistakes. Any true Christian would recognize that God views gay love as an unconditional positive and gay families as no different from heterosexual families. The Episcopal Church and most other mainstream Christian churches do now recognize gay Christian marriage - Hopefully the Anglican Church in Britain will soon follow suit.

    Posted by: DB | Jul 31, 2013 11:51:18 AM

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