Anglican bishop says church should have no right to discriminate against gay people anymore

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The Church is legally exempt from the 2010 Equality Act’s anti-discrimination protections, which bans other bodies from discriminating based on a range of protected characteristics, in part LGBT identity. The opt-out was launched for making it possible for the Church to employ people only on basis of their Christian faith, without legal impediment, but the Church has repeatedly been under fire because of it, in part after suspending a hospital chaplain for marrying a man. Bishop of Liverpool Paul Bayes, who had spoken in support of the chaplain saying that such a behavior prevents the Church from further modernization and attracting more people to its congregation. “We want to ask the churches to answer the question – if we mean what we say about opposing homophobia, if we believe what we say about wanting to include everyone, if we believe that God made every one they are, then what does that imply for our public polices? We will advocate for a greater openness and the implication of that is we may have to reexamine the prohibitions that are there in law at the moment. I hope for a future whereby people like Jeremy can feel that their ministry can be exercised and that they can love the person they love freely,” the bishop told Christian Today.

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