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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.

 

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(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).

Letter to
House of Bishops and General Synod Allow priests in the CofE the freedom to bless civil partnerships
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Church of England House of Bishops

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

On 5th December 2011 new regulations came into effect allowing religious premises to be approved for civil partnerships. It is time for the Church of England to openly affirm the love, ministry and fidelity of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, creating pastoral and spiritual resources which will nurture and nourish couples on their journey in faith.

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

We ask the House of Bishops to bring to the General Synod of the Church of England a recommendation to allow churches who wish to register civil partnerships the freedom to do so under the new legislation.

We ask the House of Bishops to grant clergy the same rights as they enjoy at present in the matter of officiating at the marriage of divorced couples in church, giving them freedom to register civil partnerships followed by a service of prayer and dedication.
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Sincerely,