|Synod 11 -so much warmth and support.|
If you feel able to sign this petition in support of the London clergy , please do so!
You may also be interested to read that Nick Holtam, the Bishop of Salisbury, has given an interview to Ruth Gledhill of The Times saying he used to think marriage was only a heterosexual matter, but he says:
“I’m no longer convinced about that. I think same-sex couples that I know who have formed a partnership have in many respects a relationship which is similar to a marriage and which I now think of as marriage."
I wonder how much Nick Holtam's attitudes have been influenced by his own marriage. There was opposition in some conservative quarters at his appointment, given that his wife's previous marriage ended in divorce, and some would consider it not a legitimate marriage.
It is important to note that the issue of civil partnerships being allowed on religious premises is distinct from the debate over whether same sex couples can be described as "married". The law has now changed to allow CPs on religious premises, but the Church of England has exercised its right to disallow them. It has said the matter can only be decided by General Synod, yet it has given no indication as to when, or whether at all, it will be put before General Synod. The issue of whether civil partnerships (which confer almost all the legal rights and responsibilities of marriage) will or should able to be legally termed "marriage" is a separate matter recently thrown into relief by the Government’s declaration of its intention to pass legislation to allow full marriage equality in the near future.