Conservative African and Asian Anglican church leaders are reportedly ready to put forth their own bishop in the Church of England in defiance of Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who they believe is softening on gay marriage. According to The Mail, conservative bishops believe the CofE is becoming too liberal on the subject of homosexuality, and are threatening to take the “nuclear option” when it comes to electing their own bishop in the U.K.

The article cited “insiders” who revealed that the matter will be decided at a meeting in Africa, which would represent a direct challenge to Welby’s authority as nominal head of Anglicans worldwide. While Welby has maintained that he continues to back the traditional definition of marriage, which is between one man and one woman, he has made several statements suggesting support for gay couples in recent years. READ MORE