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July 16, 2014

‘I suppose it was bound to come out eventually,’ Reverend Sally Hitchiner said after the interview

Meet Reverend Sally Hitchiner, a British priest and one of the most modern voices in religion working today.

This week, she was asked to appear on current affairs programme Channel 5 News to discuss the Church of England finally allowing women to become bishops.

The 33-year-old has become notable in recent years for not being ‘traditional’, daring to wear Prada, post funny videos online, and still continue in her priesthood.

July 9, 2014

Welby voted against bill. Claims emerge as Anglicans in UK start talks on sexuality policy

The Archbishop of Canterbury and head of the Anglican church worldwide, Justin Welby, secretly backs gay marriage even though he voted against it.

That’s the claim being made in the corridors of the UK Parliament.

And the rumor has emerged as his Church of England starts a behind-closed-doors consultation on sexuality among its members amid divisions over same-sex marriage and whether gays or lesbians should become bishops.

Senior Anglican bishops, including Welby, get a vote in the unelected upper chamber of the parliament, The House of Lords.

July 7, 2014

Even though the UK religious organization already blesses civil partnerships, United Reformed Church members might have to wait years until they can get married in a church

Even though the majority of the United Reformed Church supports holding same-sex weddings, but the ban will stay in place.

One of the largest Churches in the UK, its General Assembly met in Cardiff at the weekend to discuss whether they would allow gay marriage.

Under the new gay marriage law in England and Wales, religious organizations must ‘opt in’ to offer weddings to gay couples. The Church of England and Church in Wales are automatically banned under the legislation.

June 14, 2014

Reverend Colin Coward honoured for his work campaigning for LGBTI equality in the Church of England

A gay UK priest has been awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s birthday honours list for his commitment to LGBTI equality in the Church of England.

The Rev Colin Coward is the founder and director of Changing Attitude England, which campaigns for equality for LGBTI people in the Church of England and the Anglican community in the UK.

Coward tweeted his delight at the accolade today (14 June).

‘thanks everyone for kind words - very cheering to wake up this morning to all your tweets ;-)’ he said.

May 15, 2014

The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia is exploring whether it can bless same-sex relationships after its General Synod accepted a report on the issue

The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia has accepted a report on the issue of blessing same-sex relationships at its May General Synod and will likely decide on the issue in two years.

The church’s commission into the issue presented a number of different options on how to proceed as many New Zealand Anglicans support the church blessing same-sex relationships while most Polynesian Anglicans are opposed.

May 13, 2014

Two South Sudanese Anglican bishops have warned their church would have to sever ties with the Church of England if it begins blessing same-sex couples as it will result in violence against Christians

Two South Sudanese Anglican bishops have warned the Church of England against blessing the marriages of same-sex couples – saying their church would have to end its association with it if it did.

Wau Diocese Bishop Moses Deng Bol warned that his church members would be tarred by association with the Church of England by other Africans who would subject them to sectarian violence.

May 12, 2014

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby says while he realises homosexuality is a ‘divisive issue’, schools should not turn a ‘convenient blind eye’ to prejudice

Church of England has revealed its plan to tackle homophobic bullying in schools.

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has told all Anglican schools in England the Bible should not be used to justify homophobic behavior.

While the guidance recognizes homosexuality is a ‘divisive issue’, schools should not turn a ‘convenient blind eye’ to prejudice.

May 11, 2014

The Vicar of St Matthew-in-the-City in Auckland has called on the General Synod to 'move forward on the blessing' of same-sex relationships and the ordination of those who may be in one

The recently appointed vicar of St Matthew-in-the-City in Auckland, Rev Dr Helen Jacobi, has called on the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia to 'move forward on the blessing of same gender relationships and the ordination of those who may be in a same gender relationship.'

May 4, 2014

'It is at least a small comfort to me, as a gay rights and marriage equality advocate, to know that like any marriage, gay and lesbian couples are subject to the same complications and hardships that afflict marriages between heterosexual couples'

Bishop Gene Robinson, whose election as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop in 2003 rocked Anglican Communion, has announced his divorce from his husband Mark Andrew.

Robinson and Andrew, who have been partners for 25 years, were married in a private civil union in 2008. They became legally married when they didn’t opt out of the change in state law due to changes in New Hampshire same-sex marriage laws that automatically converted civil unions to marriages in 2010.

April 29, 2014

Vivienne Faull, the Dean of York, has said she would have no problem blessing same-sex unions – and has revealed she has done so in the past

The woman most hotly tipped to be the Church of England’s first woman bishop has issued a stark warning to elders over their stance against gay marriage.

Vivienne Faull, the Dean of York, has said she would have no problem blessing same-sex unions – and has revealed she has done so in the past.

She has encouraged bishops to relax their attitudes on same-sex marriage, fearing if they do not then it could ‘cost’ the Church of England dearly.

April 23, 2014

Dr Barry Morgan said many religious leaders are using the Bible to fight against LGBTI equality, suggesting there is no single Christian viewpoint on gay relationships

Gay couples who want to get married should be patient if they want the blessing of the Church in Wales, its archbishop has said today (23 April).

The first same-sex weddings in England and Wales took place on 29 March with many gay couples able to say they were one of the first to be officially married.

In the legislation passed by parliament, the Church of England and the Church in Wales was expressly banned from blessing same-sex marriages.

Other religious organizations had the power to ‘opt-in’ if they wished.

April 18, 2014

Gay priest Reverend Richard Coles accidentally tweeted a link to a porn website in his morning Easter tweets

Reverend Richard Coles Twitter followers were sent to a porn website instead of a picture of Jesus, in an unfortunate Twitter mistake this morning (18 April).

Gay British priest Richard Coles had an embarrassing Twitter mishap this morning when he was tweeting a series of Easter related images for Good Friday.

Coles was tweeting different pictures to represent the 14 stations of the cross to those who celebrate Easter, each one was a modern take on each station.

April 13, 2014

The Church of England faces 'crisis' as it comes under pressure to discipline the clergyman for breaking the rules and as other clergy members may follow suit

Canon Jeremy Pemberton, 58, a hospital chaplain, has become the first Church of England clergyman to enter into a same-sex marriage under Britain’s new marriages laws when he married his long-term partner Laurence Cunnington, 51, on Saturday.

Local media reports say the move is expected to plunge the Church into a fresh crisis as it is in direct defiance of the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. The Church is also strongly opposed Britain’s newly-introduced same-sex marriage laws.

April 4, 2014

If the Church of England announced support for same-sex marriage, it could lead to a 'massacre' of Christians in Nigeria, South Sudan and other African countries

African Christians will be killed if the Church of England accepts same-sex marriage, the Anglican head has suggested.

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, claims backing LGBTI rights in the UK would lead to a ‘massacre’ in other nations.

Speaking on a LBC phone-in, he said he had stood by a mass grave in Nigeria of 330 Christians who had been killed over gay issues in America.

March 30, 2014

Bishop Alan Wilson urged gay clergy to take a stand and marry their partners, despite the Church of England banning gay clergy from marrying

A UK bishop has slammed the Church of England’s stance on gay marriage, saying that gay clergy should defy the Church and marry their partners.

Rt Revd Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham, believes LGBT clergy can find their way around the Chruch restrictions on gay marriage, the Telegraph newspaper reports.

‘For them to get married is following a deeply conscientious path’ he said.

March 28, 2014

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby says the Church of England should react to gay marriage with the 'love of Christ for every human being'

The Church of England will no longer resist gay marriage, according to the Anglican head Justin Welby.

Same-sex marriage will be legalized from 29 March with dozens of ceremonies planned around the country for one minute past midnight.

The Church was deeply divided over the same-sex marriage law in England and Wales.

During the fight to get it legalized, it claimed giving civil ceremonies the status of marriage would ‘alter the intrinsic nature of marriage as the union of a man and a woman.’

March 27, 2014

Labour MP Ben Bradshaw urges the Church of England to be more clear on whether priests will be punished for marrying their same-sex partners

Church of England is being told it needs to make it clear whether it will sack a priest for marrying a same-sex partner.

Ben Bradshaw, a gay Labour MP, has accused the Church of ‘trying to have its cake and eat it’ by accepting same-sex marriage for members, but not for clergy.

Raising the question in the House of Commons today (27 March), the former cabinet minister asked how the Church would discipline any who disobey its ruling.

March 26, 2014

Anglican clergy are expressly banned, under church doctrine as well as in law, from marrying same-sex couples in a church

A third of Church of England bishops are allegedly gay, according to a clergyman.

As same-sex marriage becomes a reality in England and Wales on 29 March, many religious leaders are speaking out for and against the unions.

Anglican clergy are expressly banned, under church doctrine as well as in law, from marrying same-sex couples in a church.

March 24, 2014

Bar owner says he has been shocked over the homophobia he has faced since he opened up a business in the spiritual home of the Church of England, Canterbury

A British vicar went to a gay bar and offered to ‘cure’ the customers, the bar owner has claimed.

Tony Butcher, a 41-year-old who runs the Limes Lounge in Church of England’s spiritual home of Canterbury, said he has been shocked by the homophobia he has faced since he opened six months.

March 19, 2014

GSN sources say past gay ‘cures’ by the Anglican Church in Uganda have included beatings and exorcisms to draw out gay demons

The Church of Uganda will be setting up ‘gay cure’ groups after returning ‘resources’ given to them by the Church of England.

They may even be performing ‘exorcisms’ and beatings, according to experts.

It shows the Anglican community in the east African country is distancing itself from the mother church in the UK, which has called on it to be more gay-friendly.

President Yoweri Museveni praised bishops of the Anglican Church recently for their support and campaigning to pass the anti-gay legislation.

March 17, 2014

The Anglican Church in Hong Kong has spoken out against a Christian school’s policy of refusing to hire gay staff – saying that a person’s sexuality has no bearing on their ability to do their job

A Christian school in Hong Kong’s policy of excluding gay staff has drawn criticism from the territory’s Anglican Church but the government’s Code of Practice against Discrimination in Employment on the Ground of Sexual Orientation is only voluntary so the school can legally discriminate.

The International Christian School in Sha Tin, Hong Kong, has a policy of refusing to hire anyone who is a relationship that is not a heterosexual marriage because it says teachers should be ‘good Christian role models for our students.’

March 3, 2014

The Anglican Church in Nigeria has banned homosexuals and bisexuals from all official roles within the church – forcing potential office holders to denounce homosexuality before God

People seeking to hold official positions within the Anglican Church of Nigeria are being forced to swear that they are not gay before God - inviting God to destroy them if they are not telling the truth.

March 3, 2014

Stanley Ntagali, the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, has accused the Anglican Church of being 'spiritually blind' on the issue of homosexuality

Uganda is threatening to break away from the Church of England over gay rights.

Stanley Ntagali, the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, has said the head of the Anglican Church has become ‘spiritually blind’ on homosexuality.

Addressing Christians at St Andrew’s Church in Bukoto, he said he had received a letter from Ugandan-born Archbishop of York John Sentamu.

In the letter co-signed by Archbishop of Canterbury, they said the Church of England was ‘concerned’ about the African country’s homophobia.

February 15, 2014

New rules state gay priests are banned from getting married and gay couples will be refused official Church blessings

Gay priests have been banned from same-sex marriage and gay couples will only be able to receive informal prayers from priests, not official blessings, a new report from the Church of England has stated.

The Telegraph reports the Church of England’s House of Bishops yesterday (14 February) released new ‘pastoral guidance’ outlining strict rules on LGBTI clergy and congregation.