London: Church parish to protest at ‘harmful’ gay blessing ban
A vicar in north London is challenging the Church of England’s decision to ban clergy from blessing same-sex couples.
James Mustard, the rector of St Mary’s Church in east Barnet, said his parish intends to lodge a complaint.
Times Series reports the vicar said: “The feeling is that this ongoing prohibition on blessing same-sex couples is harmful to our relationship with the community, whether they come to the church or not.
“I think it is important that churches in favour of supporting same-sex couples with blessings should speak out, and we’re preparing to issue a statement opposing the House of Bishops’ decision.”
The parish will write a formal letter once its members have met later this month.
It is a supporting member of Inclusive Church, an organisation campaigning for the acceptance of LGBT Christians.