Bishops in the church and the Equality Act

The House of Bishops sent a note to Synod members about the Equality Act and the appointment of celibate people in a civil partnership as a bishop. The legal advice is discriminatory and unworkable. No priest who is gay, let alone in a civil partnership, is going to reveal their sexual orientation when confronted by five such intrusive questions.

The legal note will simply encourage people to stay in the closet, maintaining secrecy about their sexual orientation for all gay (and eventually, lesbian) clergy who are nominated for episcopal office.

This policy is affecting every LGB&T member of our Church. Readers are being discriminated against because of their sexual orientation. LGB&T lay people remain hidden within congregations for fear of being greeted with prejudice and abuse, or because, having revealed themselves, they are in reality discriminated against.

LGB&T Anglicans and our friends and families want to be treated with proper Christian dignity and respect. We are not asking the Church to accept us. We are already fully welcomed by God into the Kingdom and we are already full members of the Church. The Church in the form of her archbishops and bishops demonstrates a reluctance to greet us in the name of our infinitely loving God. The Church claims Biblical and traditional authority for maintaining prejudice against us.

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    • Changing Attitude says

      Blessings to you, Tobias, and thanks for the comment on your blog. I’ve had a number of conversations with bishops at Synod over the weekend and I’ve found myself thinking back to my two experiences of General Convention, and the dramatic difference between TEC and the C of E in terms of the relationship between bishops and the church. They are so utterly different and I find myself talking more often with the representative of the church here rather, as in the USA, with the person who happens to be a bishop.

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