Prominent bishop, 300 Anglican priests come out in support of gender-neutral weddings

Prominent bishop, 300 Anglican priests come out in support of gender-neutral weddings

If the mountain won’t come to Muhammad…

A prominent bishop and 300 Anglicans openly supported the U.S. Episcopal church’s decision to perform homosexual and gender-neutral weddings, directly opposing the Church of England’s leadership.

Alan Wilson, the bishop of Buckingham, along with 30 of the 483 members of the church’s ruling synod, backed the U.S. Episcopal Church’s stance on homosexuality and gender, according to Christian Today. A group of 300 other Anglicans also sent a letter expressing similar support as an open rebuke against a letter from the Church of England’s general secretary, William Nye. American Episcopals would face calls for “stringent consequences” if the church moved forward with gay and gender-neutral weddings, according to Nye’s letter.

The move toward acceptance of homosexual marriage would force the CofE to “disassociate” from the U.S. Episcopal Church, Nye said. The threat of consequences did not seem to faze the 300 Anglicans who sent a signed rebuttal letter CofE’s LGBT advocate Jayne Ozanne authored. Their intent, according to the letter, was to show the church was “not as homophobic as it can sometimes appear.”

Ozanne also penned the letter to refute Nye’s argument that acceptance of homosexual and gender neutral marriage contradicts Anglican doctrine.

“It would be strange if it were sent with the knowledge and support of the Archbishops given their firm commitment to ‘radical Christian inclusion’ and their understanding of the need to be pastorally sensitive to the LGBT community, neither of which are mentioned in the letter,” Ozanne wrote.

One Body One Faith, an Anglican LGBT advocacy group, also posted an open letter lambasting Nye for his adherence to long upheld Christian doctrine.

“No-one is attracted to a group of Christians who profess the love of Christ but seem incapable of recognising it in the loving, committed relationships of two people. These matters are not disconnected,” the group’s letter read.

The U.S. Episcopal Church has worked toward increasing acceptance of homosexuality and transgenderism within the church since 1976. The church now allows LGBT individuals full opportunity to serve as clergy and to be officially married by the church, to the chagrin of most of the wider Anglican Communion.

This report, by Joshua Gill, was cross posted by arrangement with the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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