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May 5, 2012

After urging church-goers to sign anti-gay marriage petition, Father Peter Gowlland says 'It is disappointing that some people are so narrow-minded’

An Anglican priest was suspended for preaching against gay marriage yesterday (4 April), when he asked his congregation to sign a petition opposing UK government plans.

The 78-year-old Peter Gowlland invited the worshippers at All Saints Church in Sanderstead, Surrey, to be ‘bold like the apostles’ and sign the anti-civil gay marriage petition.

March 16, 2012

Dr Rowan Williams, the 'liberal' who opposed continued Church of England homophobia will stand down

Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams will step down from his position as the head of the Anglican church in December.

The 61-year-old church leader, who in 2010 came close to splitting over the ordination of gay clergy and women bishops, has said in a statement on his website that standing down was not an easy decision.

Williams was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury in 2002 and will take the position of Master of Magdalene College at Cambridge University in January.

December 5, 2011
Gay campaigner criticises Church of England's opposition to same-sex ceremonies.
Gay campaigner Peter Tatchell wants vicars to defy a Church of England ban on same-sex civil partnerships in its places of worship. New laws come into effect today (5 December) allowing religious organisations to conduct gay ‘marriages’ if they wish, but the Anglican CofE hierarchy has warned that it will not allow such ceremonies to take place. ‘I urge individual priests and their congregations to defy this harsh, intolerant ruling,’ said Equal Love campaign coordinator and veteran human rights campaigner Tatchell.