Angli­can wed­ding mile­stone

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS -

The first same-sex Angli­can church wed­ding in the UK has taken place in Ed­in­burgh.

Peter Matthews and Al­is­tair Dinnie made his­tory when they were mar­ried at St John’s Church, run by the Scot­tish Epis­co­pal Church (SEC).

In June, the SEC voted to amend canon law and al­low same-sex cou­ples to be mar­ried in church dur­ing the church’s Gen­eral Synod in Ed­in­burgh.

The move made it the first branch of the Angli­can faith in the UK to al­low same-sex mar­riage and was wel­comed by equal rights cam­paign­ers.

The wed­ding is said to have taken place ear­lier this month with other same-sex wed­dings also held in SEC churches in Glas­gow and Mo­ray since.

The Rev Markus Dun­zkofer, the rec­tor at St John’s, told The Times: “I have blessed (same sex re­la­tion­ships) in other Angli­can prov­inces and al­ways had to stop short of the vows.

“It felt like some­thing was cut off, like some­thing wasn’t right.

“Fi­nally be­ing able to do the whole thing felt like the ful­fil­ment of where the spirit had been telling us to get to. It com­pletely made sense.”

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