Oxford College appoints gay married chaplain

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Lady Margaret Hall College at the University of Oxford has appointed a married gay Church of England vicar to serve as their chaplain. The college announced that Andrew Foreshew-Cain, who flouted a Church of England ban on same-sex marriage to tie the knot to the man he loves now has a new platform to preach. Foreshew-Cain, who previously oversaw two churches in London, has alleged that he is “blacklisted” within the Church and his marital status did not allow his preaching career to develop. However, appointments at Oxford colleges operate outside the Church’s jurisdiction, meaning that the bishops are not able to ban him from the role of college chaplain because this issue does not depend on them, it is beyond their jurisdiction. Lady Margaret Hall principal Alan Rusbridger, the former editor of the Guardian, told the Oxford Student that he was “delighted” to appoint Foreshew-Cain, adding that he will be a “marvellous” chaplain.

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