Church votes against equality made the archbishop cry

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Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba delivers a sermon during a service to commemorate the life of late South African President Nelson Mandela at Holy Cross Anglican Church in Nyanga in Cape Town on December 8, 2013. South Africans of all races and religions united in an outpouring of prayer and song for their beloved Nelson Mandela on December 8, hearing calls to keep his dream of a Rainbow Nation alive. AFP/RODGER BOSCH (Photo credit should read RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images)

The Archbishop of Capetown could not hold tears while his church was rejecting same-sex marriages. Same-sex marriage has been legal in South Africa since 2006 – and a decade later it remains the only country in Africa with equal marriage. A decade on from equal marriage first becoming law, last week the country’s Anglican Church overwhelmingly rejected proposals to allow gay clergy, and to allow clergy to “provide for prayers of blessing” for gay unions.

Addressing to LGBT people he added: “You are loved by God and all baptised, believing and f0aithful persons, regardless of sexual orientation, are full members of the Body of Christ. We recognise that many of you are baptised and confirmed members of the Church and are seeking the pastoral care, moral direction of the Church, and God’s transforming power for the living of your lives and the ordering of your relationships”.

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