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December 9, 2013

Openly gay clergyman Dr Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans, reportedly missed appointment as the Church of England’s first gay bishop by a single vote

The Church of England was one vote away from appointing its first gay bishop.

The openly gay Dean of St Albans Dr Jeffrey John was one vote away from becoming the newest Bishop of Exter, according to The Times, replacing the Right Rev Michael Langrish.

Since the beginning of this year, John has been considered for high-ranking posts within the Anglican Church.

April 28, 2013

Openly gay Dr. Jeffrey John could become the next Bishop of Durham, the third-most powerful position in the Anglican Church

An openly gay bishop could become the third-highest ranking cleric in the Church of England.

Dr. Jeffrey John, Dean of St. Albans, is being considered for the role of Bishop of Durham, a position previously held by the now-leader of the Anglican Church Archbishop of Canterbury Rev. Justin Welby.

According to British newspaper The Telegraph, the panel responsible for appointing the next Bishop of Durham was told on Friday (26 April) that the new appointee should be able to establish ‘positive relationships’ with gay Anglicans.

April 28, 2013

Openly gay Dr. Jeffrey John could become the next Bishop of Durham, the third-most powerful position in the Anglican Church

An openly gay bishop could become the third-highest ranking cleric in the Church of England.

Dr. Jeffrey John, Dean of St. Albans, is being considered for the role of Bishop of Durham, a position previously held by the now-leader of the Anglican Church Archbishop of Canterbury Rev. Justin Welby.

According to British newspaper The Telegraph, the panel responsible for appointing the next Bishop of Durham was told on Friday (26 April) that the new appointee should be able to establish ‘positive relationships’ with gay Anglicans.

March 17, 2013

One of the most senior Church of England bishops has broken ranks with colleagues to say that the church should offer blessing services for same-sex couples in civil partnerships

Liverpool Anglican Bishop James Jones has broken ranks with other senior Church of England clergy to call for blessing services to be offered to same-sex couples in civil partnerships.

‘Over the years I have shared with you my thinking about how the gospel of embrace may be felt by those who are gay,’ Jones said in an address to the Diocese of Liverpool Synod.

March 17, 2013

One of the most senior Church of England bishops has broken ranks with colleagues to say that the church should offer blessing services for same-sex couples in civil partnerships

Liverpool Anglican Bishop James Jones has broken ranks with other senior Church of England clergy to call for blessing services to be offered to same-sex couples in civil partnerships.

‘Over the years I have shared with you my thinking about how the gospel of embrace may be felt by those who are gay,’ Jones said in an address to the Diocese of Liverpool Synod.

January 5, 2013

Liberals and Conservatives have weighed in on the announcement gay men will be allowed to become bishops, as long as they remain celibate

The Church of England has created further divisions in their ranks in their announcement over gay bishops yesterday (4 January).

As long as they remain celibate in a civil partnership, any gay man will be allowed to become a bishop without fear of being forced to step down.

Conservative evangelicals have called it ‘divisive’, but several liberal groups have welcomed the move.

January 5, 2013

Liberals and Conservatives have weighed in on the announcement gay men will be allowed to become bishops, as long as they remain celibate

The Church of England has created further divisions in their ranks in their announcement over gay bishops yesterday (4 January).

As long as they remain celibate in a civil partnership, any gay man will be allowed to become a bishop without fear of being forced to step down.

Conservative evangelicals have called it ‘divisive’, but several liberal groups have welcomed the move.

January 4, 2013

A decade after gay cleric Jeffrey John was forced to step down as a bishop by traditionalist Christians, the CoE have said they have evolved on allowing gay bishops

The Church of England has dropped its ban on gay clergy becoming bishops.

This announcement, from the Church’s House of Bishops, would allow clergy in civil partnerships to become bishops if they promised to be celibate, the BBC reports.

In 2003, the issue split the church when gay cleric Jeffrey John, who has always maintained his celibacy, became a Bishop of Reading.

John, now Dean of St Albans, was forced to step down from the role after protests from traditionalists.

January 4, 2013

A decade after gay cleric Jeffrey John was forced to step down as a bishop by traditionalist Christians, the CoE have said they have evolved on allowing gay bishops

The Church of England has dropped its ban on gay clergy becoming bishops.

This announcement, from the Church’s House of Bishops, would allow clergy in civil partnerships to become bishops if they promised to be celibate, the BBC reports.

In 2003, the issue split the church when gay cleric Jeffrey John, who has always maintained his celibacy, became a Bishop of Reading.

John, now Dean of St Albans, was forced to step down from the role after protests from traditionalists.

October 16, 2012

Dean of St Albans believes gay weddings will be held in churches in just 10 years time

A Welsh gay priest likens the struggle for gay marriage to apartheid but claims same-sex weddings could be held in British churches in as little as 10 years time.

The Very Reverend Jeffrey John says he has been with his partner for 37 years now and insists there is no difference between the commitment of same-sex couples and straight spouses.

He goes on to liken the struggle for equal marriage to apartheid in South Africa.

July 25, 2012

UK Prime Minister David Cameron tells special guests at Downing Street, including Russell Tovey and Ben Cohen, that church risks turning off faithful with anti-gay stance

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has told an LGBT Downing Street reception that the churches are on the wrong side of the argument on gay marriage.

The reception yesterday evening (24 July), the hottest day of the British summer so far, was held in the garden of Number 10 Downing Street.

July 24, 2012

The Church of England has not acted with 'integrity' so do not deserve to be listened to, according to Dean of St Albans in Out4Marriage video

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.’

July 24, 2012

The Church of England has not acted with 'integrity' so do not deserve to be listened to, according to Dean of St Albans in Out4Marriage video

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.’

April 21, 2012

Anglican Church leaders write a letter to show support for gay marriage

Senior religious leaders from the Anglican Church say ‘there is nothing to fear’ from gay marriage, and should ‘be a cause for rejoicing’.

In a letter to British newspaper The Times, prominent figures shared their support for marriage between same-sex couples.

It says: ‘We believe the Church of England has nothing to fear from the introduction of civil marriage for same-sex couples.’