I have been trying to look it up online, but rather than being able to get a straightforward answer, you know, like you would in Catholic teaching, the conclusion here seems to be, it’s messy and many people within the Anglican church disagree on this. The rules also seem to get altered every so often.
The C f E doesn’t see homosexuality in itself as a sin, although the Catholic church doesn’t either, though the Catholic church does refer to it as a disorder. Not sure if the C of E sees it the same way.
In a discussion with British politician Ann Widdecombe (who is Catholic) five years ago, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, said ‘sexual relations should be within a marriage and marriage is between a man and a woman.’ (3.19 in the clip)
Surely this would rule out sexual relations between gays? Whether the archbishop still holds this view, I don’t know.
The C of E got a lot of heat this year for not allowing the spouses of same sex couples attend the 2020 conference. However, also this year, the archbishop of Canterbury backed state enforced LGBT relationships in sex education in schools.
The Anglican church appears to have also taken the decision to condone same sex marriage this year, as long as the two people who are getting married, where male and female at one stage (i.e a woman and a woman can get married if one of the women used to be a man). Whether they actually did in, I don’t know. The article says they were going to.
I was reading somewhere else that they accept clergy to be in same sex partnerships, as long as they have given a vow of chastity.
It seems like the C of E has willingly stepped into quicksand and is sinking further and further. Once upon a time they made a few concessions and probably thought that would satisfy the LGBT community. It didn’t, and now they keep making more and more under pressure.
But back to the question, does somebody know if they have a definite, easy to find stance on this issue?