London. Gay couples have received a major blow from the Church of England. The church issued a statement on Wednesday saying that it cannot allow same-sex weddings to take place in its churches. However, the church said it was the first time it would allow same-sex couples to receive blessings and attend other services. The church has taken this decision after debating sexuality for about five years. This shows that the Church still maintains that marriage is only between a man and a woman.
British broadcaster BBC reported that bishops met on Tuesday to finalize recommendations on the church’s views on gay marriage and sexuality, among other issues. These recommendations will be presented in the Parliament of the Church i.e. in the General Synod to be held next month. The church said that after the wedding of the gay couple, they would be allowed to do other things in the church, including prayer. But the church has refused to support a change in teaching that would allow priests to marry same-sex couples.
Let us tell you that from the year 2013, same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in England and Wales. But the Church of England has not yet accepted that change. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said the new proposals might be good for some and not enough for others. He also told the BBC that the position ‘reflects the diversity of views in the Church of England on questions of homosexuality’.
Explain that both the Scottish Episcopal Church and the Presbyterian Church of Scotland allow same-sex marriage. In November 2022, the Bishop of Oxford publicly endorsed a change to allow same-sex marriage. He had the support of some other people. But they remained in the minority. Meanwhile, the Church of England is expected to issue an apology to LGBTQI people, according to the statement.