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Rubel Shelly: Bishops speak to same-sex marriage

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Dr. Rubel Shelly

Bishops of the Church of England recently issued a pastoral document to give counsel on civil partnerships, same-sex marriage, and mixed-sex partnerships. These forms of legal cohabitation were recognized in the UK, respectively, in 2005, 2013 and 2018. Each gives property, inheritance, and tax rights to non-traditional relationships that have long been protected for married heterosexual couples.

The bishops made no negative judgment about protecting the civil rights of same-sex partners or the worth and dignity of LGBTQ persons in society. Their statement had to do with requests and/or expectations that the Church of England provide some type of “service of blessing” for them. Give a sign of the church’s approval.