The Archbishop of Wales has offered an ‘unreserved’ apology to gay couples for prejudice within the church.
Dr Barry Morgan, the head of the Church in Wales, spoke at a meeting of the governing body in Llandudno today (6 April).
As part of the meeting, it was agreed the church would continue to discriminate against LGBTI people by refusing to allow or bless same-sex marriages.
‘We are not ready, as a Church, to take the step of authorizing same-sex marriage,’ he said. ‘There is no point in bringing forward a bill for it to fail. That I know will be a disappointment to those who voted for change and will be a deep disappointment to same-sex couples within the Church in Wales who long for the opportunity to make their vows in one of our churches.’
Morgan apologized to gay people for the ‘persecution and mistreatment they have endured at the hands of the Church’ and hope the Church is a ‘safe place’ for all gay and lesbian people.
While the statement made clear the church was not ready to allow or bless same-sex marriages, ‘the debate is not over’.
You can read the full statement and ‘prayer for gay people’ here.