Anglicans don’t allow same-sex spouses to attend Lambeth Conference

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T he global Anglican church is facing an increasingly fractious split between liberal Western churches who embrace LGBT+ people, and several churches, the majority of which is located in conservative African countries, that disapprove LGBT issues in Christianity. A once-a-decade meeting of Anglican church leaders, the Lambeth Conference, is set to go ahead next year, but as African churches threatened to boycott it, they were offered a compromise – same-sex spouses of the leaders of LGBT-supporting churches would not be allowed to attend (opposite-sex spouses are not banned). Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon, secretary-general of the Anglican Communion, claimed in a blog post that the decision was made “to take account of the Anglican Communion’s position on marriage, which is that it is the lifelong union of a man and a woman,” so inviting same-sex spouses would be considered inappropriate. Canon Jeremy Pemberton, who was the first Church of England priest to marry a same-sex partner, highlighted the “hypocrisy” of the ban on same-sex spouses.

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