Church of England Keeps Mind Open on Same Sex Marriage

Newly appointed Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, says he will re-examine his thoughts on gay marriage ‘carefully and prayerfully’.
Speaking at a press conference today (9 November), the former Bishop of Durham said that while he supports the Church’s opposition to gay marriage he was ready to ‘listen’ to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
‘I support the House of Bishop’s statement in the summer in answer to the government’s consultation on same-sex marriage,’ he said.

‘I know I need to listen very attentively to the LGBT communities, and examine my own thinking prayerfully and carefully.’
The 56-year-old also denounced homophobia and confirmed he would vote in favor of women bishops – issues which divided the Church during incumbent Rowan Williams’ time in power.
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