June 20, 2011

C of E approves appointment of celibate gay bishops

by Jan Harris

In new legal guidance on the appointment of gay bishops, the Church of England is expected to approve the appointment of homosexual bishops as long as they are celibate.

The guidance, called Choosing Bishops, is designed to ensure that the Church is operating policies which conform to 2010 equality legislation which protects against discrimination on the grounds of sexuality.

The new guidelines confirm that homosexuality is irrelevant as to whether someone is suitable to become a bishop, however unlike heterosexual bishops, homosexual bishops will be expected to remain celibate.

This distinction has angered gay activists, who claim it is a denial of human rights.

In related news, the UN has passed a resolution calling for universal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.

The resolution, which is the first to focus solely on sexual orientation and gender identity, “affirms that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights and that everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms … without distinction of any kind”.

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