Church of England bishops refuse to back gay marriage

Written by on January 18, 2023

Church of England bishops have refused to back a change in teaching to allow priests to marry same-sex couples, sources have told BBC News.

The Church of England’s bishops met on Tuesday to finalise their recommendations after five years of consultation and debate on the Church’s position on sexuality. Their proposal will be debated at the Church’s equivalent of a parliament – the General Synod – next month.

BBC News spoke to several bishops present at the meeting who said the Church’s teaching that Holy Matrimony is only between one man and one woman would not change and would not be put to a vote. It comes after years of debate over the issue.

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