Church of England Won't Dispute Same-Sex Marriage if Spouse Becomes Transgender
Church becomes more progressive with attitudes towards same sex marriage
The Church of England has confirmed it won't challenge “same-sex” of parishioners if a spouse becomes transgender following marriage, according to reports.
Currently, the church is teaching that marriage such be between a man and a woman, but the Bishop of Newcastle the Right Reverend Christine Hardman said that it would not apply for couples if one of them became transgender after they married, The Times reports.
“If a couple wish to remain married after one partner has transitioned, who are we to put them asunder?” Hardman said.
“When a couple marry in church they promise before God to be faithful to each other for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, come what may, although we preach compassion if they find this too much to bear.”
Hardman's comments come before bishops travel to meet for the General Synod, the national assembly of the Church of England were religious clergy meet to discuss doctrine, writing new forms of worship, and voice opinion on religious matters.
The Synod will be set to answer some 100 controversial questions, such as reporting to the police abuse divulged during confession.
The church of England has become more and more progressive and anti-Biblical in recent years.
The Chruch is already allowing marriages in its churches for two people born the same gender if one changed their gender legally.
But as the Church maintains marriage should be between a man and a woman, it is effectively between what the State rules to be a man and a woman, and not in the eyes of God.
The Church of England’s director of mission and public affairs Rev Dr. Malcolm Brown defended the churches stance on making it easier for people to swap sex legally:
“Trans people with gender recognition are already able to marry in our churches. Being transgender does not prevent someone offering themselves for ordained ministry, and we have transgender clergy as well as laity," he told The Times in 2018.
The Church of England also instructed its schools to encourage young children to “explore” their gender identity “without judgment” and issued guidance on holding “celebratory” services to mark the “gender transition" of a parishioner.
Moreover, this week, the Methodist Church in Britain has moved closer to allowing gay marriages to take place in their chapels.
At the Church’s annual conference this week in Birmingham, attendees voted in favor of Resolution 10/8 — 247 votes for, 48 against — with the resolution reads:
“The Conference consents in principle to the marriage of same-sex couples on Methodist premises throughout the Connexion and by Methodist ministers, probationers or members in so far as the law of the relevant jurisdiction permits or requires and subject to compliance with such further requirements, if any, as that law imposes.”
The new proposals will be discussed in the District Synods, and the final resolution will be presented to the next Conference when it meets in summer 2020.
Both the Church of England and Methodists' church is now looking to establish closer ties.
The final review of the Church of England’s position on sexuality and gender will be published in 2020.