Let us celebrate committed Lesbian & Gay relationships in Our Churches
By DorothyFreud | Sunday, January 22, 2012, 01:37
Many people will have heard and welcomed that the Government
recently brought in new regulations that permit Civil Partnerships (the
official name for the current form of Gay Marriage) to be registered in
religious premises. However, it also specified that no such regstrations could
take place in any Church of England building unless the central authorities
(the "General Synod") first gives its permission; in other words the whole of
the C of E must agree before any individual congregation will be allowed to
welcome Gay and Lesbian couples.
Do people agree with me that we should be sending a strong
message to "the General Synod" that we want to be able to celebrate these
relationships in the same way as we do straight ones?
The government will soon be "upping the anti" on this issue
with the consultation on fully equal Marriage, due to begin in March, with the personal
commitment of PM, David Cameron.
I know the C of E is very slow in catching up with the rest
of society and at present still rejects gay and lesbians (at least those who
are honest about their sexuality). And the nastiest elements in the Church go a
lot further than that.
But St John's and St Benedict's are OUR common inheritance,
not the property of the General Synod. Let us make our wishes clear this Sunday
and perhaps the Church will listen to our wishes.