Anglican bishops voted 30 to two in favor of welcoming transgender people


Deeply affecting changes in agenda of Anglican Church had hit the world. The Church of England has reversed itself after its ruling body voted overwhelming in favor of welcoming transgender people.

The General Synod backed Rev Chris Newlands’ motion, which said transgender people should be “welcomed and affirmed in their parish church” as part of the “long and often complex process” of transition. Mr. Newlands had also called for the Church to provide guidance to help clergy provide services for transgender people to mark their transition. Bishops voted 30 to two in favor, while 127 lay members voted for and 48 against, and clergy backed the motion 127 to 28. First bishops backed a motion calling for a ban on “unethical” conversion therapy for gay Christians and then have voted on the abovementioned issue.

Opening the debate, Mr. Newlands said: “I hope that we can make a powerful statement to say that we believe that trans people are cherished and loved by God, who created them, and is present through all the twists and turns of their lives. I’m getting so many messages from trans friends around the world. Synod has changed – we have turned a corner.”

Keeping in mind the decision of Anglican Church on sexuality issues in February 2017, it might be assumed, that they have finally realized they cannot continue to do what they have always done before.


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