18th June 2012
Vicar’s petition says Church of England is ‘undermining itself’ on equal marriage issue 40
12:19 PM — A Derbyshire vicar has launched a petition to the Church of England saying it does not speak for the signatories when it opposes marriage equality for gay couples.
13th June 2012
Church in Wales wants exemption from conducting gay wedding ceremonies 31
9:56 PM — A day after the Church of England published its response to the government consultation on equal marriage in England and Wales, the Church in Wales has submitted its own response, seeking exemptions from being forced to conduct wedding ceremonies for gay couples.
12th June 2012
Church of England: Marriage equality proposals ‘legally and conceptually flawed’ 128
11:44 AM — The Church of England has said allowing gay couples to marry in civil ceremonies will "dilute the meaning of marriage for everyone" and put its role performing marriages on behalf of the state in jeopardy.
17th May 2012
Dr John Sentamu: Meeting ‘emotional needs’ of gay couples through civil marriage is a ‘misuse of the state’ 265
11:30 AM — The Archbishop of York has said that while allowing gay couples to marry in civil ceremonies may meet their 'emotional needs', if they are not experiencing legal discrimination it would be a 'misuse of the state'.
24th April 2012
Dissident Anglican movement meets in London 18
9:52 PM — Leaders of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA), a dissident movement formed over opposition to the ordination of gay bishops, have met in London today to begin discussions on the future of the Church of England.
21st April 2012
Senior Anglican Clergy: “Church should rejoice” over equal marriage 182
12:59 PM — A group of leading clergymen of the Anglican Church have, in a letter to the Times, said that equal marriage is a cause to celebrate, and that the Church of England has "nothing to fear" on account of extending marriage to same-sex couples.
16th April 2012
Gay dean: Leak culprit should be found before new Archbishop of Canterbury appointed 22
11:42 AM — The Church of England's most senior openly gay cleric has said the source of leaked documents which cost him an appointment as Bishop of Southwark must be found before a replacement for the Archbishop of Canterbury is decided.
9th April 2012
Archbishop panel member says gay people can ‘change’ sexual attraction 100
9:37 PM — The Crown Nominations Commission, whose job it is to recommend a successor to Dr Rowan Williams for the position of the Archbishop of Canterbury, includes a leading member of the Anglican Church who believes that gay people can be counselled to suppress and/or change their sexuality, the Guardian reports today.
16th March 2012
Analysis: Rowan Williams’ time as Archbishop of Canterbury and his views on LGBT rights 93
3:47 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, will be standing down from his position in December of this year, prompting speculation over his replacement and how his views on marriage for gays may change.
13th March 2012
Gay dean: Church of England’s relationship with gays is ‘a disaster’ 51
9:48 AM — Dr Jeffrey John, who has twice lost out on a post as bishop because of his public homosexuality, says his denomination has become the 'last refuge of prejudice' and is treating gay relationships as 'inferior' to straight ones.
12th March 2012
Archbishop of York: Church would need to approve gay civil marriage law 119
1:41 PM — The Archbishop of York appears to have claimed the Church of England must give its permission to the legal extension of equal marriage rights to gay couples even in a civil setting.
8th March 2012
Jack Straw: Church’s marriage views imply I’m a better person because I was born straight 82
6:03 PM — The former Labour Justice Secretary, Jack Straw has attacked the opposition to marriage equality by the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church. He writes: "“I didn’t choose to be straight. It’s how I am. It would be no different if I were gay. I would neither be a better, nor a worse, person because of it. It would simply be how I was."
New Dean of St Paul’s says Church should welcome gay marriage 29
11:54 AM — The new Dean of St Paul's Cathedral in London has called on the Church of England to embrace gay couples who wish to marry, calling marriage the 'best pattern for how to flourish [...] gay or straight'.
Editorial: The Times now for all to show their hand on marriage equality 76
10:41 AM — On Monday, The Times published an editorial calling for the introduction of gay marriage. PinkNews.co.uk believes our papers, politicians and faiths should now show their hand on marriage equality.
29th January 2012
Archbishop of York compares David Cameron to a dictator over his support of gay marriage 335
11:47 AM — In a forthright interview with the Daily Telegraph, the second most senior cleric in the Church of England, the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has compared prime minister David Cameron to a dictator over his support of gay marriage.
16th January 2012
Chris Bryant attacks Church of England ‘silliness about homosexuality’ 34
1:30 PM — Gay MP Chris Bryant has criticised the Church of England, writing that it “needs to forget its silliness about homosexuality” and its teaching that "homophobia is immoral” and “it’s fine and dandy to be gay just so long as you don’t do anything about it.”
15th January 2012
Gay dean to sue Church of England after twice being rejected as bishop due to his sexuality 93
12:47 PM — Britain’s most senior openly gay cleric has threatened to sue the Church of England unless it promotes him to Bishop. The Very Rev Jeffrey John, currently the Dean of St Albans has twice been overlooked to become a bishop due his sexuality. Dr John is in celibate civil partnership.
13th January 2012
Jersey’s religious civil partnership rules near implementation 10
3:01 PM — The island of Jersey's new civil partnership law will be coming into effect in the next few weeks with provisions for religious ceremonies after receiving royal assent.
19th June 2011
Church of England to publish guidance on appointment of celibate gay bishops 162
2:21 PM — The Church of England is due to publish advice tomorrow that gay clergy who are in civil partnerships will be entitled to become bishops, so long as they promise to remain celibate.
3rd July 2010
Lynne Featherstone MP hints that religious same-sex unions may be a step closer 6
3:47 PM — The equalities minister Lynne Featherstone has been reported as saying religious civil ceremonies for same-sex couples could soon become a reality.