Inclusive Church welcomes the government's statement on equal marriage.
We told the government's consultation that we believe it is important, in terms of human dignity, for the State to give equal recognition to all couples, by opening civil marriage to same sex couples without distinction.
We affirm that the Church calls marriage holy or sacramental because the covenant relationship of committed, faithful love between the couple reflects the covenanted love and commitment between Christ and his Church. And we know that exactly the same kind of covenanted love and commitment is equally possible in a same-sex relationship.
There are a variety of understandings of marriage in our own church, including that of exclusion of those who have been divorced from the sacrament of marriage.
We will continue to work for practices that are intended to include and welcome, rather than exclude, all human beings into the love of God in Christ. We regret that the Government has felt obliged to single out the Church of England (and the Church in Wales) for special treatment, which will increase public perception of Anglican churches as exclusive and unwelcoming.
We will continue to work for practices that are intended to include and welcome, rather than exclude, all human beings into the love of God in Christ.