A San Francisco Episcopal minister has launched what’s been described as a new “Gay Bible”.

Reverend Pearson of San Francisco’s Holy Innocents Church claims the traditional bible made no mention of homosexuality until 1946.

The author stated: “Homosexuality was first overtly mentioned in the Bible in 1946 in the Revised Standard Version. There is no mention of or reference to homosexuality in any Bible prior to this – only interpretations have been made.

“Anti-LGBT Bible references commonly cite only eight verses in the Bible that they interpret to mean homosexuality is a sin. The Queen James Bible addresses those controversial verses by editing them very slightly for interpretive clarity.

“The edits all confirm that the Bible does not condemn homosexuality, and therefore renders such interpretations impossible.”

However, same-sex behaviour is condemned from as far back as 1,312 BC (when Orthodx Judaism says the Torah was delivered on Mount Sanai). The King James Bible translation of the prohibition found in Leviticus 18:22 states: “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”

Reverend Pearson also says his Queen James Bible is filled with the word of God that nobody could use to incorrectly condemn God’s LGBT children.

As for the name of the new bible, history records show that King James was a well-known bisexual who had numerous male lovers.