Allow priests in the CofE to choose to bless civil partnerships in church
  • Petitioned Allow priests in the CofE the freedom to bless civil partnerships

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Allow priests in the CofE the freedom to bless civil partnerships

Allow priests in the CofE to choose to bless civil partnerships in church

    1. Petition by

      Kate Smith

      Spalding, United Kingdom

We support the growing number of Church of England clergy who wish to bless civil partnerships in their churches.

Many lesbian and gay Christians wish to have their civil partnerships registered in their parish church by their parish priest in the presence of their community. They wish to affirm their love and commitment in the presence of God in their spiritual home.

Since December it has  been legally possible to bless civil partnerships on religious premises.  It is time for the Church of England to openly affirm the love, ministry and fidelity of all LGBT people, supporting them in their journey in faith.

We ask the General Synod of the Church of England to allow churches wishing to register civil partnerships the freedom to do so under the new legislation.

 

We ask the House of Bishops to give clergy the freedom to register civil partnerships in church followed by a service of prayer and dedication.

 

Organised by Changing Attitude

(When you sign, it would be great if you can mention whether you are a lay or ordained member of the Church of England and if so, where you worship).

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    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. Say yes to civil partnerships in church and no to Carey's Coalition

      Kate Smith
      Petition Organizer

      Many thanks for signing our Civil Partnerships in Church Now! petition - over 1,400 people have already signed.

      Retired Archbishop Lord Carey has launched a ‘Coalition for Marriage’ this morning, which is really a petition against same-sex marriage. His petition has been signed by all the usual suspects. It’s very important for us to stand up to the homophobes in the Church of England and to stand up for a Christian way of life which is open, inspired, creative, Spirit-filled and fully inclusive of LGB&T people.

      Please think about who you can pass the petition on to among your Christian friends – email, blog, Facebook them! – help us reach our target of 5,000.

      Our campaign for civil partnerships is already making a great impact but we urgently need more resources. 100 more Changing Attitude supporters this year will not simply sustain but transform our work – could you be one of them?

      Please become a supporter if you are not already, or make a donation here: http://bit.ly/gw1Ciy

    3. Reached 1,000 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Jane Canning LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      support for rights of LGBT folk.

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    • Mark Waters LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      I believe that gay and lesbian Christians are entitled to have their deepest relationships celebrated and blessed in church just like anyone else.

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    • Selwyn Tillett NORWICH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      I am a priest in the C of E

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    • lee evans BOOTLE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      as a matter of equal rights.

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    • Eve Morris EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      I am a bisexual, an atheist from a Jewish background, and do not personally choose to marry. However, I am a firm believer in equality and human rights, and thus support the introduction of same-sex marriage. Since many couples also want a religious same-sex marriage, I support their right to one.

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