Church of England faces calls to end ban on same-sex marriages

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The Campaign for Equal Marriage in the Church of England launched last week to reconsider their policy towards gay priests willing to marry. They are currently struggling to do so, as heterosexual Anglican priests have a right to marry. The campaign, led by several members of the clergy, launches exactly five years after hospital chaplain Jeremy Pemberton defied the Church’s rules to marry his male partner which leads to his suspension from officiating. Revd Canon Rosie Harper, member of church’s General Synod, added: “Marriage ‘enriches society and strengthens community’, as the C of E wedding service says, and the Church should be open to all loving couples who want to make that commitment, regardless of their sexuality. I welcome this campaign and look for the day when I can welcome gay and lesbian couples to my church for their wedding day.”

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