Sunday, 15 June 2008

More on that 'gay wedding'

Pink News Controversy as two Anglican clergy "marry" in church
What is in effect the first gay marriage to be held in an Anglican church took place last month, it emerged today. The fact that the men involved are ordained ministers has caused some controversy within the Church of England. Gay priests marry in Church of England
The Church of England says two gay priests may have broken its rules, after a newspaper report that they exchanged vows and rings in Britain's first ever church "wedding" ceremony for a same-sex couple.

The Independent Priests marry in first gay church wedding
The first gay marriage has been carried out in an Anglican church between two vicars, weeks before a summit of senior clergy threatens to split the Church over the issue of homosexual priests.

The Rev Peter Cowell and the Rev Dr David Lord exchanged vows at St Bartholomew the Great in the City of London last month, using one of the church's most traditional wedding rites.

Associated Press Anglican Church: Gay 'wedding' broke rules
A wedding-like ceremony between two male priests broke the Church of England's rules, a spokesman for the Anglican body said Saturday.

The two clergymen exchanged rings and vows last month at a ceremony in St. Bartholomew the Great in London, according to The Sunday Telegraph, a preview of which was made available Saturday. The paper said the ceremony included traditional marriage liturgy, hymns and a Eucharist.

Church of England spokesman Lou Henderson said the service described by the paper violated church guidelines "in just about every respect."

Scotland on Sunday Church hosts first gay marriage of priests

THE first gay marriage between two priests has been carried out in an Anglican church, it emerged last night.

The Rev Peter Cowell and the Rev Dr David Lord exchanged vows at St Bartholomew the Great in the City of London last month.

Although some clergy have carried out blessings for civil ceremonies before, this is the first time the traditional wedding marriage service has been held for a same-sex couple, and it has triggered an angry reaction among traditionalists.

The Times Rector defies bishop to 'wed' gay priests

The rector of one of London’s oldest churches has defied his bishop to “marry” two gay priests in a traditional ceremony.

The Rev Martin Dudley officiated last month before a congregation of 300 as a favour to friends. However, he did not inform the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres.

A Church of England spokesman said last night that it was a “fairly serious” breach of the House of Bishops’ strict guidance on same-sex ceremonies.

Daily Mail Row as rector holds Britain's first gay 'wedding' in an Anglican church

A row has broken out after a rector became the first clergyman to hold a full-scale ‘wedding’ service involving two men at an Anglican church.

The pair exchanged vows and rings before 300 guests during a ceremony that was virtually indistinguishable from a traditional church marriage ceremony.

The service was held in one of London’s best known churches and included Latin verse, trumpet fanfares and rose petal confetti.

The Daily Telegraph First gay 'wedding': All eyes on Archbishop of Canterbury

The Church's first gay wedding – between two priests – has outraged conservatives and could yet force an irreversible schism.

The Church of England's first homosexual wedding could not have come at a worse time for the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams.

A breakaway group of conservative Anglican archbishops meets this week, threatening to split the worldwide communion over the issue of homosexuality, and the 10‑yearly Lambeth Conference starts next month. The future of the 80 million-strong Anglican Communion hangs by one of Dr Williams's whiskers.

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