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.