gay marriage
A Church of England clergyman has become the first to enter a same-sex marriage, going against official guidance, which says clergy need to “model the Church’s teaching in their lives.” Canon Jeremy Pemberton and his partner, Laurence Cunnington, had the ceremony in a hotel on Saturday. An evangelical group within the Church of England called for “clear discipline” on the issue, saying anything else would make the Church’s official position look hollow. In February, the Church of England released guidance saying it would be unacceptable for an ordained person to have a same-sex wedding. The Church also said it would not ordain someone in a same-sex marriage. Rod Thomas, from the Reform church group, comments, “There’s no doubt that there is pressure within some parts of the Church for the Church to change its mind on sexuality.” More