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Stonewall response to Church of England vote

We’re pleased the Archbishop of Canterbury has stated clearly that the church needs a ‘radical new Christian inclusion’. 

When The House of Bishops report on same-sex relationships was released there was understandable disappointment from LGBT people of faith.

The report’s recommendation was that the Church of England should maintain its stance on sexuality, and shouldn’t recognise same-sex couples in marriage or offer a blessing to their relationships. 

For too long, lesbian, gay and bi people have felt afraid to speak out or be seen in their faith communities.

The rejection of that report yesterday (15 February 2017) by members of the Church of England, and the Archbishop’s remarks, are a significant milestone. 

The final words of his statement will be particularly encouraging to LGBT Christians, recognising that there needs to be a celebration of humanity ‘without exception, without exclusion.’ 

For too long, lesbian, gay and bi people have felt afraid to speak out or be seen in their faith communities. 

Many continue to feel like this.

They are not ‘activists’ as they are so often referred to. They are people in the church who need to be respected and included in their faith communities.

At Stonewall, we’ll continue to stand by their side, and by the side of LGBT people of all faiths. 

We’ll also continue to work with faith communities and faith schools to help them support LGBT people. 

Further information

Read about Stonewall's work with faith communities