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Archbishop of Wales: Church Should Embrace Gay Marriage

Archbishop of Wales: Church Should Embrace Gay Marriage


The Archbishop of Wales has urged the Church to take a lesson from the gospels and support civil marriage for gay people in Britain.

Archbishop Barry Morgan, an outspoken proponent of gay rights, said in a presidential address to members of the Church in Wales’ Governing Body in Llandudno, that Christians needed “to show how the Gospel of Jesus is good news for gay people,” and that in order to do so the Church must recognize civil gay marriage.

Wales Online reports:

“The Government’s consultation on civil marriage raises a whole host of theological questions for the church.

“My concern at the moment is that in any discussion which might ensue on this, gay people may once more gain the impression that the church is uncaring and unsympathetic.

“Things could be said in the coming months which I think could seriously damage people pastorally so it is that pastoral issue that I want to address.”


“If the legislation to allow civil marriage is passed, I cannot see how we as a church, will be able to ignore the legality of the status of such partnerships and we ought not to want to do so.

“The question then, as now, is: will the church protect and support pastorally, faithful, stable, lifelong relationships of whatever kind in order to encourage human values such as love and fidelity and recognise the need in Christian people for some public religious support for these?

“As Helen says in the novel Nightwatch by Sarah Walters, a novel written in 1947, ‘What could she do to say to the world that Julia was hers?’

“She could have gone on to ask ‘What can the church do to show that this relationship is not simply something between my partner and I but that somehow God is in our midst as well and longs for our wellbeing?’ It is a discussion we need to have.”

The Archbishop’s support for church recognition of same-sex civil marriage has been called brave by others, including Rev Andrew Morton, vicar of Llangybi, Monmouthshire, who recently offered his resignation over what he perceived as rising homophobia in the church.

These comments are in stark contrast to other religious figures such as Lord Carey who compared gay marriage to legalizing slavery.

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9:59AM PDT on Jun 1, 2012

Archbishop Barry Morgan, you are one of the reasons I believe in humanity, as a christian myself feel so glad there are church authorities with a great heart that are not afraid to speak out their hearts feelings, thank you.

1:54PM PDT on May 31, 2012

thank you

12:05PM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

Yes! This is what the church should do! Go archbishop Morgan!

5:02PM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

Good on the archbishop for speaking up!
"“The question then, as now, is: will the church protect and support pastorally, faithful, stable, lifelong relationships of whatever kind in order to encourage human values such as love and fidelity and recognise the need in Christian people for some public religious support for these?"

5:58AM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

Humanity is humanity and we continue to practice "I am better than you." We are missing an opportunity to get past our narrow-mindedness when we protest against marriage for all....

10:46PM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

Finally, a decent and respectable church leader!

5:46PM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

I think he is misinterpreting the gospels. Celibacy is choosing to live a chaste life. No were in the bible that I am aware, is acceptance of same sex marriages. In fact it does just the opposite, but that is my interpretation, and most of my associates and family members.

3:40PM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

What a guy. And to those who say it's never been done there are Saints that were married in the church just look it up. What are they so afraid of? Most likely change.

2:03PM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

for me marriage is heterosexual commitment
Jesus would love all those who might be considered outcasts
but what about marriage? even if it did exist in the early church...I would toast my friends who tie the knot, who are committed partners, united, joined etc.
just don't use the word marriage.....

11:04AM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

Go back to the basic teachings of Jesus in the Gospels. Make up your own mind about what he said, did and taught. In the past 2000 years many people have misunderstood the simplicity of His words. Mankind likes to feel in control of other people. They find it difficult to admit the He did not seek to control people , but to guide,love, heal and support them. That's what he commands us to do.

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