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Where next on same-sex marriage?

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Posted by Lee Gatiss, 9 Dec 2016

Lee Gatiss takes a look at the same-sex marriage debate in the Church of England, and considers some of the ways forward as the bishops meet to discuss it on Monday 12th December.

So, we have completed more than two years of ‘facilitated’ or ‘shared conversations’ about sexuality issues in the Church of England. This was encouraged by the Pilling Report a few years ago, as the way forward on this issue. But what happens now that the conversations have ended? And what, if anything, should be done?

There are various potential options for the future of the Church on this subject. Some have listed only the different ways in which so-called “traditionalists” might be hived off into a “safe space”, or leave the Church altogether once the liberal triumph is complete. But it is far from inevitable or desirable for that to be the outcome.

Others have seen the options as merely extremes: adopt gay marriage or stay as we are; with a third way (“pastoral accommodation” of prayers for same-sex couples, but no change in doctrine) seen as a nice compromise in the middle. But this is tendentious: there are far more options than merely these three, and no-one is happy with the status quo.

In the article linked to below, from the forthcoming issue off our magazine Crossway, I explore in more detail 6 possible ways forward. So explore with me what those might be, by clicking here:

http://churchsociety.org/docs/blog/where_next_on_same-sex_marriage.pdf

Revd Dr Lee Gatiss is the Director of Church Society and a weekly columnist in the Church of England Newspaper.

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