ADDED ON: 01/22/2023

Church Of England Apologizes For ‘Hostile And Homophobic’ LGBTQ Treatment — But Still Bans Marriages

01/2/2023 | Forbes

The Church of England issued an apology for its treatment of LGBTQ people Friday, days after bishops said it would not allow same-sex marriages inside its churches following a six-year period of considering the issue and public disagreements among church bishops, with the result condemned by some activists as “hollow.” “For the times we have rejected or excluded you, and those you love, we are deeply sorry,” bishops wrote Friday, adding “the occasions on which you received a hostile and homophobic response in our churches are shameful and for this, we repent.” Despite the apology, the church noted its opinion on same-sex marriages—that marriage should be between a man and a woman—would not change. Jayne Ozanne, a prominent activist supporting LGBTQ reform in the church, said the apology “sounds hollow and cruel.”

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