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These are news items that have been posted this year.

Church of Scotland says ‘Yes’ to same-sex marriages 23 May 2022 On 23 May 2022 the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland approved the proposal to allow ministers and deacons to conduct same-sex marriages. This was expected, given that a clear majority of presbyteries had already supported the 'Solemnisation of Same Sex Marriage Overture', as the proposal was known (see… ... Read more
The Church of Scotland takes another step towards equal marriage 30 April 2022 A report to the 2022 General Assembly of the Church of Scotland shows that a clear majority of presbyteries have voted to allow presbyters and deacons to solemnize the marriages of same-sex couples if they wish to do so. Twenty-nine voted in favour and twelve against. It has been made… ... Read more
Richard Coles reflects on his vision for the C of E 18 April 2022 Next Sunday, 'Low Sunday', the Revd Richard Coles retires from being Vicar of Finedon, a parish in Peterborough Diocese. To mark his retirement Richard has written a moving, thoughtful article for The Times in which he reflects on his life as parish priest in Finedon, his hopes for his future… ... Read more
‘Tell the Bishops’ Campaign Action launched 19 March 2022 New Campaign Action to inform the House of Bishops why we believe the Church must marry same-sex couples The Living in Love and Faith consultation is finishing on 30 April 2022. We have just under six weeks to call for change. Most of the ‘Next Steps’ group of bishops want… ... Read more
Modern Church Conference:
Living in Faith, Hope, and Love
6 March 2022 Modern Church has announced details of its 2022 Conference, which looks extremely worthwhile! The conference is open to all – not just Modern Church members. The theme, Living in Faith, Hope, and Love, partially mirrors the title of the 'Living in Love and Faith' (LLF) project of the Church of… ... Read more
God Knows I’m Gay 5 March 2022 On 12 February 2022 this superb radio programme was broadcast on BBC Radio 4. It is part of the series 'Archive on 4'. God Knows I'm Gay is a must-listen programme for everyone who wants to understand the experiences and reflections of a now openly gay priest in the Church… ... Read more
Statement on YouGov Poll of Church of England members on Marriage Equality 1 March 2022 The Equal Campaign issued the following statement today (1 March 2022). Statement on YouGov Poll of Church of England members on Marriage Equality The Campaign for Equal Marriage in the Church of England welcomes today’s news that the majority of members of the Church now support same-sex marriage, and calls on… ... Read more
Bishop Paul Bayes says “I do not want to die in a Church that will not marry same-sex couples” 15 February 2022 On 12 February 2022 the Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Revd Paul Bayes, gave an interview to the Church Times to mark his retirement. Here is the first part of the interview, in which he speaks about his increasingly open support for equal marriage and calls for the Church of… ... Read more
Archbishops’ statement for LGBT+ History Month 1 February 2022 The Equal Campaign issued the following press release today (1 February 2022). Press release: re Archbishops' statement for LGBT+ History Month 2022 February is LGBT+ History Month, and today the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have marked its beginning by tweeting a statement of support and acceptance of LGBT+ people [].… ... Read more
The Guardian editorial on same-sex weddings in the Church of England 13 January 2022 The Guardian's editorial yesterday (12 January 2022) came out strongly in favour of same-sex weddings in the Church of England, with the headline: The Church of England should follow the example of Anglicans in Wales and Scotland, and give its blessing to gay and lesbian relationships. The article is hopeful… ... Read more

Older news items

The news items below were posted last year or earlier.

The Church in Wales: first blessing of same-sex couple 16 November 2021 In September 2021 the Church in Wales voted to allow blessings in church of couples in a same-sex marriage or civil partnership (see https://cofe-equal-marriage.org.uk/church-in-wales-blesses-ssm/). Now the first such couple has received a blessing, as reported by the BBC in this excellent news article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-59269916. They are Fr Lee Taylor, priest-in-charge… ... Read more
A friendly chat between two archbishops? 14 November 2021 On Sunday 14 November 2021 the Campaign for Equal Marriage in the Church of England issued the following statement, which is also available as a PDF document. On Friday 12 November the Archbishop of Canterbury issued a statement to say that nine days earlier he had had an online meeting… ... Read more
Zoom LLF Workshops discontinued (for now) 23 October 2021 A workshop to explore the content of the LLF resources from an inclusive perspective NB As there is now less demand for these workshops we have decided not to offer any more for the time being. If you would like to come to a workshop if we decide to restart them,… ... Read more
Do you feel safe in your church? 10 October 2021 2021 Safeguarding LGBT+ Christians Survey Please complete this important 'Safeguarding' survey launched today, 10 October 2021. It takes about five minutes to fill out. Here's the link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TQTLBYV. The survey is being launched on World Mental Health Day, which also coincides with the Church of England’s first 'Safeguarding Sunday'. It… ... Read more
Living in Love and Faith: some great articles coming up 22 September 2021 Over the next few weeks the Equal Campaign will be reproducing some helpful articles, by various authors, commenting on different aspects of the Church of England's 'Living in Love and Faith' project. Except where indicated, these articles have been previously published on ViaMedia.News and the Modern Church website; the authors… ... Read more
Church in Wales Pastoral Letter 19 September 2021 On 14 September 2021 the Bishop of St Asaph, the Rt Revd Gregory Cameron, issued a pastoral letter to his diocese concerning the Church in Wales's recent decision to allow the blessing in church of same-sex couples after a marriage or civil partnership – see this recent news item. It… ... Read more
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