Religious Leaders Support Marriage for Same-Sex Couples

Press Release

CUTTING EDGE CONSORTIUM and LGBTI ANGLICAN COALITION

Faith Community leaders at the LGBTI Anglican Coalition/Cutting Edge Consortium press conference supporting equal marriage at Friends House, Eustonhttp://changingattitude.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/20140328_122559_resized-300x250.jpg 300w, http://changingattitude.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/20140328_122559_resized-605x505.jpg 605w" sizes="(max-width: 552px) 100vw, 552px" /> Faith Community leaders at the LGBTI Anglican Coalition/Cutting Edge Consortium press conference supporting equal marriage at Friends House, Euston

We rejoice that from tomorrow same-sex couples will be able to marry in England and Wales.

As persons of faith, we welcome this further development in our marriage law, which has evolved over the centuries in response to changes in society and in scientific knowledge.

We acknowledge that some (though not all) of the faith organisations to which we belong do not share our joy, and continue to express opposition in principle to such marriages. We look forward to the time, sooner rather than later, when all people of faith will feel able to welcome this development.

List of Signatories

* denotes attendance attendance at the Press Conference on Friday 28 March 2014

Revd Steve Chalke
Rabbi Danny Rich, Chief Executive, Liberal Judaism*
Derek McAuley, Chief Officer,  General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches*
Paul Parker, Recording Clerk for Quakers in Britain *
Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Senior Rabbi to the Movement for Reform Judaism*
Revd Sharon Ferguson, Senior Pastor, MCC North London*
Rt Revd Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham*
Rt Revd Lord Harries of Pentregarth, former Bishop of Oxford
Rt Revd Richard Lewis, former Bishop of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich*
Rt Revd Peter Selby, former Bishop of Worcester
Rt Revd John Saxbee, former Bishop of Lincoln
Rt Revd Michael Doe, Preacher to Gray’s Inn, former Bishop of Swindon*
Rt Revd David Gillett, former Bishop of Bolton
Rt Revd Stephen Lowe, former Bishop of Hulme
Very Revd Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans
Very Revd Jonathan Draper, Dean of Exeter
Very Revd Mark Bonney, Dean of Ely
Very Revd Lister Tonge, Dean of Monmouth
Very Revd Mark Beach, Dean of Rochester

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