The most senior gay cleric in the UK is saying God backs marriage equality, and has attacked the Church of England for failing to ‘speak with integrity’ on the issue.
The Dean of St Albans, Dr Jeffrey John, attacked the Church for failing to take a ‘Christian view’ on gay marriage, and saying they should be rejoicing it.
In a video for the Out4Marriage campaign, he says: ‘I am sad because the Church is meant is show Christ’s face to the world and on this subject, it doesn’t.’
John, who is in a celibate civil partnership, was twice in line to become a bishop but his appointment was blocked because of conservative opposition in the Church.
He said he had considered suing the Church for discrimination, and recently described it as the ‘last refuge of prejudice’.
The cleric says when two people love each other so much that they are prepared to be together for the rest of their lives, that is when we reflect ‘God’s own nature’.
John said he wanted to urge gay couples to not judge God by the Church’s standards.
He said: ‘If you are gay, please don’t judge God by the Church. The official Church doesn’t speak with integrity on this issue, and so frankly don’t deserve to be listened to.
‘If you are gay, please understand God made you as you are, and loves you as you are, and if you invite him into your relationship then of course he will bless you and sustain your love just as he does any other marriage.
‘I know that’s true from my own experiences, and that’s why I’m Out4Marriage because I’m sure God is too.’
Out4Marriage allows politicians, celebrities, religious leaders and members of the public to record YouTube videos explaining why they support changing the law to allow gay couples to marry.
The Dean of St Albans joins high profile supporters of Out4Marriage including deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, home secretary Theresa May, Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson, girl group The Saturdays, and Britain's Got Talent judge David Walliams.
Check out the video here: