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Gay couples may get blessed in UK churches

Gay couples may get  blessed in UK churches
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Church of England said public prayers which recognise gay relationships could be introduced in church services by sympathetic clergy. London...

Church of England said public prayers which recognise gay relationships could be introduced in church services by sympathetic clergy. justLondon (IANS): A top British clergyman under the Church of England has signalled that gay couples who seek to engage with the challenges of life responsibly should be able to have their relationships blessed in church. The church said priests may devise accommodations for such same-sex couples, the Daily Mail reported. It said that public prayers which recognise gay relationships could be introduced in church services by sympathetic clergy. Backed by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and leading bishops, the statement, however, does not change the church's laws which say homosexual activity is 'sinful' and ban priests from blessing gay relationships, the daily said. But it appeared to encourage same-sex couples, saying the church must show 'flexibility' over gay relationships. The statement came at a time of conflict between the Church and the government over same-sex marriage. Laws permitting men to marry men and women to marry women are likely to be passed within a few months. The Church of England, along with other major faith organisations, has protested that the government has no power to change the principle that marriage must be between a man and a woman.
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