The bishops demand that the church issue guidance that would remove restrictions on clergy from entering into same-sex civil marriages.
More than 40 bishops and senior church figures of the Church of England have called for an end to the denomination’s ban on same-sex marriage among clergy.
Forty-four senior church figures, including 15 diocesan and 29 assistant or suffragan bishops, issued a statement this week demanding an immediate guidance to allow LGBT clergy and ordinands to marry.
The bishops seek “a swift end to the current uncertainty” and advocate for the church to issue guidance that would remove restrictions on clergy from entering into same-sex civil marriages. They are also pushing for bishops to have the authority to ordain, license and grant permissions to officiate to clergy in same-sex marriages, according to The Christian Post.
“We look forward to Guidance being issued without delay that includes the removal of all restrictions on clergy entering same-sex civil marriages, and on bishops ordaining and licensing such clergy, as well as granting permissions to officiate,” the statement reads.
“We know that we will not all agree, but it is our longing that we will find a way that will recognize and honor our different perspectives and the gift we are to each other within the life of the Church of England, such that no one is expected to act against their conscience or theological conviction.”