The Scottish Episcopal Church has said being a practising homosexual is not a bar to a person becoming a priest.
It is believed to be the first time the Scottish Church has publicly declared its position on the subject.
The Church’s College of Bishops made the statement on its website and said clergy had occasionally responded to requests to bless same-sex couples.
The view differs from the Anglican Communion worldwide, which is arguing over the consecration of a US bishop.
The Scottish Church said it “had never regarded the fact that someone was in a close relationship with a member of the same sex as in itself constituting a bar to the exercise of an ordained ministry”.
Gay rights group Stonewall… Spokesman Alan Wardle said: "We are not theologians but we welcome the sensible approach taken by the Scottish Episcopal Church.