same-sex marriage

  • 21 Dec 2013
  • 9 Dec 2013

    In 2011, Symon Hill was on a pilgrimage of repentance for homophobia when he heard that the Church of England had launched another consultation process on sexuality. The process has led to the Piling Report, which speaks of being more welcoming while promoting policies that say the opposite. There are some good aspects to the report, but it is likely to make little difference to the lives of Christians in their own churches and communities, he suggests. It is a reminder that we cannot rely on hierarchical church processes - change will come from below, not from above.

  • 5 Dec 2013

    The Methodist Church has launched a consultation on the implications of same sex marriage legislation for the denomination.

  • 25 Nov 2013
  • 21 Nov 2013

    A senior Scottish Episcopalian has welcomed the overwhelming Scottish parliament vote for marriage equality, while the Church of Scotland rejects its premise.

  • 21 Nov 2013

    Quakers in Britain have warmly welcomed the overwhelming support given yesterday (20 November) by MSPs to the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill.

  • 6 Jul 2013

    Like many other church assemblies around this time, the Church of England General Synod in July 2013 faces several controversial and challenging issues. As Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby recognised, both openness and boldness are needed.

  • 17 Jun 2013

    As if there weren’t enough groups already campaigning against same-sex marriage – such as the Coalition for Marriage and Keep Marriage Special – today (17 June) sees the launch of another one. It’s called “Gay Marriage, No Thanks” (yes, really; that’s the organisation’s name).

  • 14 Jun 2013

    As a law to allow equal marriage in England and Wales reaches committee stage in the House of Lords, those most strongly opposed are still trying to weaken or block it. Despite large majorities for the Marriage (Same Sex) Couples Bill in the Lords and earlier House of Commons, some peers have put forward amendments which would delay or undermine marriage equality.

  • 8 Jun 2013

    Some people may be understandably confused about the Church of England’s position on same-sex partnerships and equal marriage. Official statements, the publicly-voiced views of senior clergy and broader opinions among church members point in different directions. Part of this is to do with realism, but shifts in understanding also play a part.