Church in Wales set to bless same-sex unions

Church in Wales set to bless same-sex unions

Same-sex marriages and civil partnerships could soon receive blessings from The Church in Wales, if a new Bill is passed next month.

The Church's governing body is set to consider new legislation to authorise a ceremonial blessing for same-sex unions on 6th September.

Currently, same-sex couples are not permitted to marry within The Church in Wales.

The controversial Bill is described as a "step on the way towards repentance" for the Church which has "demonised and persecuted gay and lesbian people" and "precluded them from living publicly and honestly lives of committed partnership." 

Bishops are encouraging a respectful debate by governing body members that acknowledges the difficult issues of faith and belief it will raise.

A set of issued 'Pastoral Principles' urges people not to undermine "sincerely held views" or "walk away from each other" but to pursue unity. 

The Governing Body meeting will be live-streamed via a link on the Church in Wales website and YouTube channel. 

Earlier this year the Methodist Church became the largest religious denomination in Britain to permit same-sex marriages. 

Same-sex marriage is not allowed in the Church of England or the Roman Catholic Church.