The Bishop of Buckingham has appeared at a church debate on same-sex marriage, reiterating strong support.
The Bishop Right Reverend Dr Alan Wilson, spoke at the debate at St John’s church in Kidlington, reports the Oxford Mail.
He told worshippers that “the root of marriage is not sex but companionship”, in speaking support for gay couples’ right to marry.
“The idea that marriage is about friendship has become extremely powerful in England,” he continued.
Dr Wilson said Christianity must symbolise “good news”, and that: “One of the really painful things I have had to learn is how the Church can be really bad news to people”.
The debate was met with a mixed reception by worshippers.
Despite that same-sex marriages began on 29 March, the Church of England is banned from performing them.
The debate at St John’s came after a series including assisted dying and women bishops.