A campaign aimed at persuading the Church of England to end its ban on same-sex weddings has been launched by a group led by several members of the clergy.
Equal: The Campaign for Equal Marriage in the Church of England was launched yesterday, five years to the day after the marriage of hospital chaplain Jeremy Pemberton to his same-sex partner, in defiance of the Church’s rules.
Mr Pemberton was then prevented from officiating.
Commenting on the situation, Mr Pemberton said: “The first same-sex marriages were celebrated on March 29 2014, shortly after midnight. No same-sex marriages have yet been celebrated in Church of England churches, because the established church, firmly against the proposal, campaigned for and was granted a pass by the government to make sure it wouldn’t happen.
“Equal: The Campaign for Equal Marriage in the Church of England begins the work of persuading the church nationally to accept this foundational social institution among gay and lesbian as well as heterosexual couples. I say begin, but in truth, most Anglicans support same-sex marriage and would be pleased to see it available in their parishes. Fewer than 20 percent now think that same-sex relationships are wrong in all circumstances.”
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