Church of England postpones internal debate on allowing civil partnership ceremonies

Discussions to allow civil partnership ceremonies in Anglican churches appear to have been dropped – at least for the time being.

The Telegraph reports Church of England officials have quietly shelved a debate on the issue ahead of a five-day meeting of the Synod in York on Friday.

Equality campaigners believe the postponement reflects an “appalling” reluctance by some in the Church hierarchy to openly debate the issue of same-sex relationships.

But others believe it could reflect a behind the scenes shift at the top of the Church of England which they are convinced could open the way for an historic change in its approach to same-sex relationships by the end of this year.

Last month the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu – a leading equal marriage critic – pointed out that the Church offers blessings for sheep and even trees but not committed same-sex couples, something he said would have to be addressed.

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