Days of LOT! Gay Anglican priest marries long-term partner

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Lev_18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Another gay Anglican vicar has married his long-term male partner, defying the Church of England’s ban on clergy entering same-sex marriages.

Rev Paul Collier has kept his position as priest of St Hugh’s in the Diocese of Southwark after he converted his civil partnership to a marriage in early June with a celebratory service in London.

Collier admitted his marriage put him at odds with the House of Bishops, the body which issued guidance banning clergy from entering gay marriages. He told Christian Today that he had heard from his bishop, and said he had been dealt with “in accordance with the House of Bishops’ pastoral statement on same-sex marriage”.

He declined to elaborate but said: “My personal reading of the situation is I am unlikely to obtain any other positions within the Church of England.” But he said he would continue to serve as a priest at his current church.

A spokesman for the Diocese of Southwark confirmed Collier’s wedding had taken place and said the Bishop of Woolwich had been “in formal contact with him and acted strictly in accordance with the pastoral guidance issued by the House of Bishops in 2014 on these matters.”

The Southwark spokesman refused to say whether Collier would face any admonition, as other priests who have married their gay partners have done. “He disciplined the priest in confidence so we don’t know what happened and even if we did we couldn’t say,” he told Christian Today.


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