Gay Bishops Urged to 'Come Out' in Church of England

By Grundy, Trevor | The Christian Century, April 30, 2014 | Go to article overview

Gay Bishops Urged to 'Come Out' in Church of England


Grundy, Trevor, The Christian Century


A leading member of the Church of England has called on gay bishops to "come out" as England celebrated its first same-sex weddings in secular venues.

Alan Wilson, bishop of Buckingham, said the time has come for gay bishops to make themselves known. He criticized the church's stance of not recognizing same-sex marriage as "sheer cruelty" and "morally outrageous," adding: "Most gay people would be happier out, including bishops."

Wilson, 59, said he was not into "outing" gay people. "I don't have a medical file on all my colleagues, but it has been claimed that there are 13 gay bishops in the Church of England," he said.

Same-sex couples were allowed to wed legally at the stroke of midnight on March 29. But the Church of England and the Church in Wales are forbidden from performing same-sex weddings. Bishops have also attempted to ban clergy from entering into same-sex marriages.

Wilson, who is married with five children, referred to a blog written by Colin Coward, director of the gay and lesbian forum Changing Attitude. Coward wrote: "I would confidently name 13 bishops [in the Church of England] as being gay, meaning 10 percent of bishops in England are gay. How any of the 13 live with themselves, their inner world of truth, I can't imagine. …

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