The Government locks prejudice and discrimination into the Church of England

The good news contained in yesterday’s announcement of the Government’s plan for equal marriage – that lesbian and gay couples will be able to get married, in both civil and religious ceremonies – was overshadowed by the stringent restrictions placed on the Church of England and the Church in Wales. Anger and dismay from LGB&T […]

Lynne Featherstone say churches will not be sued under gay civil marriage proposals

Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone has pledged there will be ‘no risk of successful legal challenge’ against religious bodies who are unable to marry gay couples as a result of the government’s gay civil marriage proposals. Ms Featherstone reaffirmed the government’s position while responding to an oral question in the House of Commons from Conservative MP […]

Dr Jeffrey John reported to be considering legal action against the church

The Very Revd Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans

The Sunday Times and Mail on Sunday report today that the Very Rev Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans, has instructed Alison Downie, partner and head of employment at London lawyers Goodman Derrick, to write to the Commission to suggest it risks breaching gay equality laws if it is blocking the dean over his homosexuality […]

Tory MP calls for churches to be banned from holding marriages if they refuse gay couples

Mike Weatherley, the Conservative MP for Hove, has called for churches to be banned from holding marriages if they refuse to perform civil partnerships for gay couples. He says that the idea will bring more equality for gay couples. In a letter to prime minister David Cameron (reproduced below), Mr Weatherley wrote: “As long as […]

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 […]

Church to approve celibate gay bishops? Not yet, methinks

The newspaper headlines claiming the Church is to approve celibate gay bishops are inaccurate. I don’t think the Church of England has made any moves towards being able to appoint celibate priests who are gay as bishops. It is reinforcing the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy, inviting candidates, members of the Crown Nominations Commission, Archbishops and […]

Equality in the Church of England (and the Anglican Communion)

On Monday and Tuesday I attended meetings in London and Melksham which addressed the Equality Act and the Government’s Consultation on Civil Partnerships in religious buildings. The Archbishop of Canterbury has already stated that the Church of England will not give permission for Civil Partnerships in church buildings. Changing Attitude does not accept this and […]

Trans Equality – hoping to catch up

Lynne Featherstone

Lynne Featherstone is a long-term champion of Trans people and it’s great to see her now, as Minister for Equalities, introducing the latest government initiative on behalf of the Trans community. You can see Lynne and listen to her message on a You Tube video which was produced to accompany and launch the first […]