Thursday, February 7, 2013
NOT JUST AN ISSUE, ARCHBISHOP JUSTIN
There you have it. Same-sex marriage is not a particularly controversial issue for the vast majority of the members of the Anglican Communion; their minds are on other things. Thus the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Church of England must speak against the passage of the bill making its way through Parliament which legalizes same-sex civil marriage in Britain. I guess there's a kind of logic there, but I can't quite make it out. Of course, the Church of England is the established church, which complicates the matter in ways I don't fully understand, but I don't see why the opinions of all the members of the churches in the Anglican Communion should affect legislation on civil marriage in Britain.
What about LGTB persons in England? What does the Primate of All England offer in the way of pastoral care to same-sex couples who are members of the church and would like to be joined in a civil marriage ceremony? Little in the way of empathy or compassion thus far. An awareness that marriage equality is not simply an issue, but that the lives of real people will be affected by the legislation seems to be missing from the archbishop's commentary. Let's hope the path is uphill from here.
Note: The interview took place before the vote in favor of the equal marriage bill in the House of Commons.