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General Synod 2021: Inclusive Candidates 15 September 2021 The 2021 elections for the General Synod of the Church of England are now upon us – voting opens this Friday! This is an absolutely crucial election, as it will effectively decide whether the Church is willing to move forward to become more inclusive. The Equal Campaign has been working… ... Read more
Church in Wales has given C of E a “gospel-inspired lead” 12 September 2021 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… ... Read more
The Church in Wales blesses same-sex marriages and civil partnerships 6 September 2021 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… ... Read more
Equal on BBC One’s ‘Sunday Morning Live’ 4 September 2021 We have been contacted by BBC One to invite us to take part in a discussion on whether faith groups in Great Britain need to become more inclusive to members of the LGBTQIA+ community. This is sparked off by the fact that on 6 September the Church in Wales (which… ... Read more
Book for our next LLF Zoom Workshop in October (two evening sessions) 1 September 2021 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… ... Read more
The United Protestant Church of France blesses the first marriage of two lesbian pastors 30 August 2021 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… ... Read more
German Lutheran bishop makes a meaningful apology to LGBTQIA+ people 25 July 2021 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)… ... Read more
Equal and MoSAIC are now partners 7 July 2021 After amicable and fruitful discussions between the Equal Campaign and MoSAIC, the two organizations have agreed to support each other in a working partnership and issued the following joint statement on 7 July 2021: Joint Statement from Equal and MoSAIC The Campaign for Equal Marriage in the Church of England… ... Read more
Our statement on the Methodist vote is in The Tablet 3 July 2021 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… ... Read more
Methodist Church embraces Equal Marriage 1 July 2021 The Methodist Conference voted yesterday, 30 June 2021, by an overwhelming majority, to allow the marriage of same-sex couples in Methodist churches and by Methodist ministers. This is the last stage of a long process of exploration and discussion in the Methodist Church of Great Britain. The resulting report on… ... Read more

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The news items below were posted last year or earlier.

Living in Love and Faith – Official Press Release 9 November 2020 The Church of England’s Living in Love and Faith resources were published on 9 November 2020, along with a press release, copied here for convenience: Living in Love and Faith resources published as bishops issue appeal to Church to ‘listen and learn together’ 09/11/2020 The Church of England has published a landmark… ... Read more
Thank God for equal marriage – a talk by Jeffrey John 22 November 2019 Jeffrey John to speak on marriage equality at St George's Westcombe Park Jeffrey John, the Dean of St Albans [update: until 2021] and a hero to the movement for equality in the Church of England, is speaking on marriage equality as part of a lecture series held at St George's,… ... Read more
New Equal Campaign poster: Equal Marriage Vows 4 July 2019 Our 'marriage vows' tea towels have been extremely popular, so we have produced a poster with a similar design, adapted for A4 paper (or A3 etc) and in three colours. The poster, with the Campaign name and logo, shows part of the marriage vows from the Common Worship marriage service –… ... Read more
Ecuador legalizes same-sex marriage 13 June 2019 Gay Times has reported on the latest country to legalize same-sex marriage. Ecuador’s highest court has ruled in favour of same-sex marriage. On Wednesday 12 June, the Constitutional Court in capital city Quito voted five-to-four to introduce marriage equality for LGBTQ people in the small South American nation, following in… ... Read more
Botswana decriminalizes homosexuality. 12 June 2019 Around the world there are many places where to be gay is illegal, but the number has just reduced by one (there are still 71 places where being gay is criminalised).  Botswana's High Court has just struck down colonial era legislation ( 10th June 2019).  This victory for justice and… ... Read more
Nigerian Anglican Church continues its persecution of gay clergy 22 May 2019 Various news sites are reporting that four more priests in the Anglican Church of Nigeria have been dismissed for 'homosexual practices'. Their dismissal and defrocking follows similar actions against two other priests less than two weeks ago. News of the action has been reported by the Episcopal Café and others. The… ... Read more
Via Media publishes theological articles on marriage and human sexuality 21 May 2019 The Ozanne Foundation is publishing a series of 10 articles on key issues. Many of us have been looking for easily accessible and readable articles on the theology of human sexuality, and the biblical case for inclusion.  Via Media News is starting a series of 10 articles on key issues,… ... Read more
Taiwan legalizes the marriage of same-sex couples 18 May 2019 On 17 May 2019 the Taiwanese parliament (legislative assembly) passed an Act to legalize marriage between two people of the same sex – the first country in Asia to do so. The Act comes into force on 24 May, just in time to comply with a deadline set by the… ... Read more
Send us your badge photographs 8 May 2019 Campaign badges are selling like hotcakes, so if you have not got yours yet get your order in now.  And do send us photographs of where yours is seen. ... Read more
The Rebel Priest ‘Gay people in the Church are not going to go away’ 8 May 2019 Fr Andrew was interviewed by the Guardian recently about his new post at Lady Margaret Hall in Oxford, the work of the Campaign and the challenges to the Church of England in its current attitudes to gay people and our relationships. You can read the article here and the full… ... Read more