Satanic Church of England Bishop says Gay Couples will enrich marriage
Gay couples ‘won’t dilute or spoil marriage but potentially enrich it’, says Church of England bishop
Speaking out: Bishop Alan Wilson supports gay marriage in an Out4Marriage video campaign
23 August 2012
A Church of England bishop today supported gay marriage, saying God is not “an angry old man out to get us”.
Bishop of Buckingham Alan Wilson, a married father of five, caused a row in the Church by urging leaders to “get our head around blessing gay people’s relationships”.
He said in a YouTube video for the Out4Marriage campaign: “It all comes down to how we see gay people and how we see God. We don’t actually believe gay people are sick or stunted or criminal. We don’t believe God is an angry old man out to get us.
“Let’s stop behaving as though we did. Recognising gay people are equal means they won’t dilute or spoil marriage but potentially enrich it.” His intervention comes amid a major split between religious leaders and in the Government over David Cameron’s proposals to allow same-sex marriages.
Duncan Boyd, chairman of Keep Marriage Special, said: “The bishop’s statement is a disgraceful and disingenuous distortion of biblical teaching by someone who ought to know better.
“Scripture, the Church of England’s doctrinal foundation, makes clear that homosexual desire and practice are sinful.” He called it “a gross distortion of biblical teaching” to suggest such behaviour could be practised freely, adding: “The Government should not change the law and the bishop should teach what the Bible says or resign.”
A Church of England spokesman contradicted Dr Wilson. “Our Church is committed to marriage as being between a man and woman,” he said.
“Opening marriage to same-sex couples would add nothing to the rights and responsibilities that already exist within a civil partnership but would require multiple changes to law, with the definition of marriage having to change for everyone.”
Influential Tory Party Right-winger Lord Ashcroft urged the Prime Minister to ignore traditionalists urging him to abandon the proposed law. The peer revealed private polling suggested dropping gay marriage would offend more people than it would please.
He said: “Ditching gay marriage would probably be more likely to put off joiners and considerers — whom we need if we are to win a majority — than it would win back defectors.”
Scotland’s Roman Catholic leader, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, this week suspended direct communication with the Scottish government because of its support for gay marriage.
Joseph Musgrave, for the Out4Marriage campaign said: “People of faith, and those of none, will be heartened to see a bishop of the Church of England speaking so publicly in support of the campaign for equal marriage. We at Out4Marriage are thankful for, and commend, Bishop Wilson’s demonstrable courage, compassion and charity.”