Changing Attitude welcomes the passage of the Civil Partnership Bill by the House of Lords. When the Bill gains royal assent later this year, same-sex couples across England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be allowed to register their relationship and be legally recognized for the first time.
The Revd Colin Coward, Director of Changing Attitude, said, “This is another major step towards gaining full equality for lesbian and gay people in society. Lesbian and gay Christians, including lesbian and gay priests, will be able to legally register the partnerships and gain legal protection. This is a moment of great excitement and a time for celebration.
“The Church of England is becoming increasingly isolated in society The Church has gained exemption from employment legislation enabling it to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The new Bill challenges the Church to be true to Jesus Christ who welcomes all to his table as holy people, irrespective of their sexual identity.”
Changing Attitude is a national organisation of Bishops, Priests and Lay People in the Church of England calling for the full participation of lesbian and gay people in the Anglican Church.
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