The Evangelical Church of England is “deeply conflicted” over whether to embrace gay marriage
In a recent post, one of the UK’s Evangelical Churches of England (EECO) stated, “We are deeply conflicted over whether or not we should embrace the gay rights movement.
There is still an absolute need to protect traditional marriage and traditional family values. “
However, we cannot support the idea that all men are created equal and equal rights are absolute.
We do not see any conflict within our ranks. “
In the current climate of concern for the LGBTQI community and the rights of trans and non-binary people, we do not wish to see this as the way forward.”
We do not see any conflict within our ranks.
We feel a sense of duty to the people who have been so faithful and so committed in the pursuit of these goals and we do so with a firm conviction that we must be part of this process.
“But we recognise that we do have a different position on this issue and we are in no way opposed to the rights that have been enshrined in law and the law is an evolving piece of legislation.”
This is why we have decided to join forces with the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to work together to seek clarity from our churches and churchesmen in general.”EECL is the governing body for the Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELC).
The ELC is a denomination which believes that it is “the only true Church of Jesus Christ”.
It has a membership of around 1.3 million people and is the second largest denomination in England after the Church of Scotland.
According to the Evangelicals, it is the only denomination in the UK to have a constitution that recognises a “living and breathing Church”.
The EECL’s stance on gay marriage has been under fire in recent months with the ELC’s governing body, the EECO, stating that it does not believe that same-sex marriage is compatible with Christianity.
Last month, the church held a conference that featured speakers who argued that marriage should be between a man and a woman.
In response to the conference, the UK Government announced that the ECL was to be suspended from all UK public schools, citing the church’s opposition to same-gender marriage.
The ECL is currently the largest religious denomination in Britain and has been a major force in the battle to secure equal marriage rights for gay people.
In July this year, it voted in favour of an amendment to the UK government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill that would have allowed churches to deny same-marriage licences.