The Church of England advises against blessing gay marriages

By Rebecca Walezak,

The Church of England issued a warning on Saturday, stating that the clergy should be against the blessings of gay marriage.

Gay marriage was legal as of just last year in England, Yahoo reports, but civil partnerships have been legal since 2005.

The House of Bishops, however, still struggle with the acceptance of same-sex marriage. While the Church cannot change government regulations, they still fight to have their church remain unchanged.

“It considers that it would not be appropriate conduct for someone in holy orders to enter into a same-sex marriage,” the bishops said in a statement.
Their views were widely discussed in their report, called “Men and Women in Marriage."

In the report, according to Pink News, it does recognize same-sex or gay relationships, but it refers to the marriage as “forms of human relationships which fall short of marriage in the form God has given us.”

The first of same-sex marriages in England are expected to begin in March.

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