Video – The Bishop of Buckingham on ‘Gay Marriage’

The Bishop of Buckingham is @Out4Marriage

The Standard reports

A Church of England bishop today supported gay marriage, saying God is not “an angry old man out to get us”. Bishop of Buckingham Alan Wilson, a married father of five, caused a row in the Church by urging leaders to “get our head around blessing gay people’s relationships”.

He said in a YouTube video for the Out4Marriage campaign: “It all comes down to how we see gay people and how we see God. We don’t actually believe gay people are sick or stunted or criminal. We don’t believe God is an angry old man out to get us.

“Let’s stop behaving as though we did. Recognising gay people are equal means they won’t dilute or spoil marriage but potentially enrich it.” His intervention comes amid a major split between religious leaders and in the Government over David Cameron’s proposals to allow same-sex marriages.

A Church of England spokesman contradicted Dr Wilson. “Our Church is committed to marriage as being between a man and woman,” he said.

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Interestingly, the ‘Church of England spokesman’ may not really be speaking for the majority in the Church. Bishop Alan Wilson is a well-known advocate for the place of Women and Gays in the life and ministry of the Church in England and, in this video, gives his own rationale for his stand on the desirability of the Church being open to the possibility of Gay Marriage.

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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