From today’s Guardian:
Britain’s only openly married gay vicar has been elected to the Church of England’s General Synod, and will use his position to “advocate for a church that faces up to issues of sexuality in a honest and compassionate way”.
Andrew Foreshew-Cain, the vicar of St Mary with All Souls, Kilburn and St James, West Hampstead, said he was “pleased but shocked” at his election in the London section of the nationwide ballot to the church’s governing body. “I wasn’t expecting to get on – I thought the clergy were too conservative to vote for a progressive like me,” he told the Guardian.
His election reflected a hope “for a more inclusive and tolerant church”, he added. “People would not have voted for me if they didn’t want to see the change we represent.”
Foreshew-Cain, who married his long-term partner, Stephen, an atheist, last June, has been “informally rebuked” by his diocese, but no action has been taken against him. The church says it supports clergy in same-sex civil partnerships, but marriage is a union of a man and a woman.