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Church Of England To Allow Gay Bishops

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The Church of England has announced that it will allow gay clergy to be promoted to the rank of bishop, provided they maintain their celibacy. Jeffrey John divided the church when he was promoted in 2003 then forced to step down after protests. LGBT advocates point out that straight clergy do not have to prove their celibacy, whereas gay clergy cannot be trusted to honor the vow. Because the UK offers civil partnerships but not marriage for same-sex couples, this also raises the question of whether a bishop could have one of those partnerships, since they do not include the same assumptions of consummation as the Church’s definition of marriage.

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