THE leaders of the Church of England have voted to condemn same-sex marriage and penalised the Anglican Church in the United States for officially recognising it.
The decision was taken during a meeting by all 37 primates from around the world in Canterbury, on Thursday, January 14. The primates, in a statement said, according to traditional doctrine, marriage should be between “a man and a woman in faithful, lifelong union”.
According to independent.co.uk, a UK news website, the decision prompted outrage from liberal clergy with one prominent supporter of gay marriage saying he was “thoroughly ashamed to be Anglican” because of the decision.
The issue has divided the Church, with conservatives and many Anglicans in African countries opposed to same-sex weddings, while liberals and the Episcopal Church in the US support them.
Justin Welby, archbishop of Canterbury, had called the primates’ meeting in an attempt to sort out the conflict.
— Jan 25, 2016 @ 01:00 GMT