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LGBT people of faith need respect and acceptance

Stonewall's CEO, Ruth Hunt, repsonds to The House of Bishops' report on same-sex relationships, released 27/01/2017.  

We’re disappointed by today’s news that the Church of England still won’t recognise same-sex couples in marriage, or offer its blessing to their relationships. 

LGBT people of faith need to be respected and included in their faith communities, just as they need respect and acceptance in wider society. 

LGBT people of faith need to be respected and included in their faith communities, just as they need respect and acceptance in wider society. 

But, there is some encouraging news from today’s response from the House of Bishops. The recommendation for new guidance on same-sex relationships is a positive sign of hope ahead. 

We’re also pleased that the Bishops recognise that it's time for the Church to adopt a ‘fresh’ approach to how lesbian, gay and bi people are treated.

We know this will also be very welcome news to LGBT Christians, alongside the recognition in the response that the Church needs to follow Christian teachings on this issue, specifically that ‘we should love one another as ourselves.

This is an opportunity for the Church to work closely with LGBT communities to get this next stage right, and we, alongside many others, including faith leaders who support LGBT equality, will be watching this closely.

We’ll continue to stand by the side of LGBT people of all faiths, and we’ll continue to work with faith communities and faith schools to help them support LGBT people.

Find out more about Stonewall's work with Faith Communities here