Lev 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
1Ti_3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
Gay clergy will no longer be forced to vow celibacy under new proposals to be announced by Church of England bishops, according to the Sunday Times.
Current rules mean LGBT clergy promise to be sexually chaste, even if they are in a long term relationship, whenever they apply for a new role or seek promotion.
But changes thought to be put to the Church’s parliament, general synod, next month, would remove this requirement.
Gay clergy would still be expected to adhere to the Church’s teaching that intercourse should only be in heterosexual marriage, but their superiors, according to the Sunday Times, will not question them on it.
It follows similar claims by the Mail On Sunday in December.
The Church’s House of Bishops will meet on Monday and are expected to finalise the proposals before they are bought before synod in February.
They are thought to emphasise that gay Christians must be fully welcomed but not move to change the current ban on gay blessings on marriages in church.