28 March 2014: Joint press release from the Cutting Edge Consortium and the LGBTI Anglican Coalition.
A number of religious leaders have signed the statement below. A press conference and photo-call will be held at Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ at 11 am on Friday 28 March 2014.
We rejoice that from tomorrow same-sex couples will be able to marry in England and Wales.
As persons of faith, we welcome this further development in our marriage law, which has evolved over the centuries in response to changes in society and in scientific knowledge.
We acknowledge that some (though not all) of the faith organisations to which we belong do not share our joy, and continue to express opposition in principle to such marriages. We look forward to the time, sooner rather than later, when all people of faith will feel able to welcome this development.
Press Release [PDF].
Keynote address: “Making space for an honest conversation”, by Nick Holtam
“In British society, the game is up. Gay people are equal members of our society”, said Nick Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury, to the 3rd Cutting Edge Consortium conference, 21 April 2012.
…”So, increasingly, there is an evangelical imperative for the Church to recognise that covenantal same sex relationships can be Godly and good for individuals and society; that they are at least like marriage for heterosexuals, and this is a development that many Christians in good faith warmly welcome. For LGBT people it raises a question about whether marriage is what they want, but for us as a Church there are things to affirm in this development.
It is a disaster that we have allowed the Church to be seen as the opposition to equal civil marriage”.
Full address [PDF].
Comment – the Daily Telegraph
3rd Cutting Edge Consortium conference:
LGBT lives: achieving our equality – challenging faith-based homophobia & transphobia.
The 3rd Faith & Belief, Homophobia, Transphobia & Human Rights Conference 2012 will take place on Saturday, 21 April 2012, at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL, 10:00–17:00.
Speakers will include Nick Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury; Aidan O’Neill QC from Matrix Chambers; and Angela Eagle MP, Shadow Leader of the House of Commons. Andrew Copson from the British Humanist Association; and Sarah Veale, Head of Equality at the TUC; Phyllis Opoku-Gymah PCS and Black PRIDE; and Jennifer Moses from NASUWT the education Union will also address the Conference.
Conference Leaflet [PDF].
Registration [CEC website], [email CEC] or CEC, PO Box 24632, London E9 6XF