53-year-old Andrew Foreshew-Cain decided to leave the church which he has since branded “institutionally homophobic”. He hopes that such a move will make church reconsider its policy towards the gay clerics. Foreshew-Cain resigned from his position as a parish priest and a member of the General Synod to be together with his male partner and to marry him later as they moved to another city. The former vicar married his partner after being appointed and was told that he could not take up another position if he were to move he would not receive any other job to be paid for. He wrote a letter to members of the church expressing his “relief” over his decision, and insisted that unless the church changes its ways it will lose its status.“[The church is] an institutional homophobic organisation that kindly denies its policies and practices are deliberately and harmfully discriminatory and wrong. I am looking forward to no longer feeling that a significant part of me is rejected by the organisation that I work for and have served faithfully,” he wrote adding that people who oppose basic human rights excusing themselves with Christianity, can hardly be called real Christians. “The Church of England is a national church. If it wishes to become a sect and draw up its own rules and not be part of the national life, it is perfectly at liberty to do that, but it can’t continue to claim a role in the national life if it is so at variance with the basic moral principles of the country,” he added.