Church in Wales has given C of E a “gospel-inspired lead”

In its latest issue (10 September 2021) the Church Times reports the Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Revd Paul Bayes, as saying the vote to enable same-sex civil partnerships and marriages to be blessed in the Church in Wales is a “creative and gospel-inspired lead” for the Church of England. “I am heartened and encouraged by this vote and by …

The Church in Wales blesses same-sex marriages and civil partnerships

On Monday 6 September the Governing Body of the Church in Wales voted, after a passionate and moving debate, to allow the blessing of same-sex marriages and civil partnerships in its churches, and authorised a liturgy to be used in these services. The required two-thirds majority was achieved in all three Houses, Laity, Clergy and …

Book for our next LLF Zoom Workshop in October (two evening sessions)

An Inclusive Introduction to Living in Love and Faith: A Zoom workshop to explore the content of the LLF resources from an inclusive perspective The Campaign for Equal Marriage in the Church of England invites you to join us for two consecutive Tuesday evening Zoom sessions to explore the content and principles of the LLF …

The United Protestant Church of France blesses the first marriage of two lesbian pastors

The following article is an English translation of a recent news item in the French newspaper Le Monde, dated 26 July 2021. This news item records another significant step forward towards the acceptance of the marriage of same-sex couples by the churches. In France all legally recognized marriages are civil marriages; unlike in the UK, …

German Lutheran bishop makes a meaningful apology to LGBTQIA+ people

According to a report in The Irish Times, the presiding bishop of the Berlin-Brandenburg Lutheran Church has apologized to LGBTQIA+ people for the ways in which the church has stigmatized and harmed them in the past. Bishop Christian Stäblein was speaking at a service in the Berlin Marienkirche (St Mary’s) for Berlin Pride 2021. He …

Our statement on the Methodist vote is in The Tablet

The Campaign sent our statement welcoming the Methodist Church’s historic vote to allow equal marriage to The Tablet, the Catholic weekly newspaper, in the hope that it might be of interest. We are very pleased that they have published a news item, ‘Methodists consent to same-sex marriage’, closely based on our statement and prominently quoting …