The Church of England Endorses Blessing Of Same-Sex Marriages

The Church of England Endorses Blessing Of Same-Sex Marriages

Church of England General Synod has approved the proposals to offer blessings to same-s_x couples in civil partnerships and marriage.

A marathon debate across two days ended in a vote for the motion at the church’s parliament meeting on Thursday.

Approval of the motion allows same-s_x couples, after a legal marriage ceremony, to go to Anglican churches for services, including prayers of dedication, thanksgiving and God’s blessing.

Priests will have the option to bless gay couples but can opt-out.

The Bishop of London, Dame Sarah Mullally, had brought the motion as a result of six years of work on questions of identity, relationships, s_xuality, and marriage known as Living In Love And Faith.

The motion did not seek to change the position on gay marriage. Same-sex couples are still unable to marry in church. A minute of silence was observed before the vote, followed by a prayer said by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

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