Bishop backs gay mar­riage

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THE CHURCH of Ire­land’s Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross has bro­ken ranks with his col­leagues and come out in favour of gay mar­riage.

On 18 May the Rt Rev Paul Colton told the BBC North­ern Ire­land’s ‘Sun­day Se­quence’ that: “I cer­tainly sup­port civil same-sex mar­riage” and hoped the Church of Ire­land would re­vise its mar­riage canons to per­mit gay church wed­dings.

Shortly be­fore last month’s un­suc­cess­ful vote to per­mit gay mar­riage by the North­ern Ire­land Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly, the CoI’s Church and So­ci­ety Com­mis­sion re­leased a state­ment af­firm­ing its teach­ing that mar­riage can only be be­tween one man and one woman.

Dr Colton told the BBC that he would “ad­here to that dis­ci­pline but that is not to say that ev­ery­one must be re­quired to take the Church of Ire­land’s view of mar­riage.”

While the Church of Ire­land in the Repub­lic of­ten sup­ports a more lib­eral the­o­log­i­cal agenda, the larger evan­gel­i­cally in­clined dio­ce­ses of Ul­ster strongly op­pose it.

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