Equal Marriage – the key to the (quadruple) lock

by Savi Hensman Savitri Hensman was born in Sri Lanka and lives in London. She is a writer and activist working in the voluntary sector. She is an associate of Ekklesia and has published a number of articles; her book Sexuality, Struggle and Saintliness: Same-Sex Love and the Church was published in 2015. “Although same-sex marriage …

Enlarging marriage

by Michael Sadgrove The Very Revd Michael Sadgrove, who before his retirement was Dean of Durham, has long supported equal marriage in the Church. We are very grateful to him for writing this excellent article for the Equal Campaign, demonstrating that our case is ‘built on a solid theological and ethical foundation’. What is the …

Whatever happened to the Bible in the marriage canon debate?

by Sylvia Keesmaat This is an article from the Empire Mixed website.  It is part of a series in response to the debate in the Anglican Church of Canada to changing its canons to open marriage to same-sex couples.  It is part of the increasingly strong argument for looking again at the traditional ‘clobber’ texts, …

An Invitation to the Feast: A positive biblical approach to equal marriage

This excellent article by Simon Taylor, Canon Chancellor of Derby Cathedral, is taken from Modern Believing, the journal of Modern Church.  Many of us are looking for strong arguments based firmly on Scripture and this is one of the best in an increasing field of research, study and argument.  Highly recommended. You can download the …

Does the Bible really… give us a clear definition of marriage?

by Martyn Percy The following is one of a series of articles commissioned by the Ozanne Foundation on theological and biblical reflection on issues on human sexuality. We reproduce them here with permission from the Ozanne Foundation. The original series, and other interesting pieces, can be found here. The Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy (BA, …

The Church of England must open its doors to same-sex weddings

by Jeremy Pemberton Jeremy Pemberton is a former canon in the Church of England who, in 2014, became the first priest to marry his same-sex partner. He has recently published the following opinion piece in the online magazine Openly. The first same-sex marriages were celebrated on 29 March 2014 shortly after midnight. No same-sex marriages …

More Perfect Union

Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham, analyses the arguments for and against the marriage of same-gender couples in the Church and concludes unequivocally that the Church of England should accept and celebrate equal marriage.