Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Anglican bishops declare gay‚ lesbian couples 'full members' of the church

From The Times (South Africa)

Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba said new guidelines from bishops which oppose gay congregants being stigmatised are "an important first step" towards acceptance of the lesbian‚ gay and transsexual community in Southern Africa.

This comes as Anglican bishops from across southern Africa have resolved that gay and lesbian partners who enter same-sex civil unions under South African law should be welcomed into congregations as full members of the church. However‚ they stopped short of agreeing to conduct same-sex weddings in church.

In a pastoral letter issued to Anglicans today‚ Archbishop Makgoba said a document outlining guidelines on members living in same-sex unions would be sent to the church's Provincial Synod‚ its ruling body‚ which meets later this year.

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