Priests and bishops stood up against Church of England’s new ruling on gay sex

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Demonstrators hold placards as they protest outside Church House, the venue of the Church of England's General Synod, in London on February 15, 2017. Leading figures in the Church of England will on Wednesday debate same-sex marriage and homosexuality, following the publication of the the House of Bishops' report published in January. / AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

There are more than 3000 people, almost one in 3 of them are clergy members, who expressed their opposition to the brand new ruling of the Church of England which claimed that God’s design for sex was only for monogamous heterosexual unions approved by the Church and by the law. The collective letter to the archbishops was written to “express… anger and disappointment regarding the recent House of Bishops’ pastoral statement concerning same-sex and opposite-sex civil partnerships.” Signatories include one serving Anglican bishop, eight retired bishops and 75 members of General Synod (the governing body of the church). In 2017, another report by the House of Bishops, titled ‘Marriage and Same Sex Relationships‘, it disapproved same-se relationships and that is why the Synod was against it. Reverend canon Simon Butler, who is gay and in a same-sex partnership, also published an open letter in the Metro, saying that people come to the church to follow Christ, not for bishops to teach them whom to have sex with.

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