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Lesbian bishop says she won't campaign for same-sex marriage in Wales

by Heather Preston

Wales' first bishop in a same-sex civil partnership has said she does not plan to campaign for same-sex marriage within the Church.

Cheery Vann made history over the weekend when she became the first lesbian woman in a civil partnership to become a bishop in the Church in Wales.

She was consecrated by the Archbishop of Wales, John Davies in a ceremony at Brecon Cathedral on Saturday.

Speaking to BBC Wales, Vann said the Church still had a 'lot of thinking to do' on the subject of marriage.

Currently, the Church allows same sex couples to be married in places of worship in Wales but the Christian body will not conduct the services.

The Bishop of Monmouth said she hopes that "people are not disappointed" as she sees how she might be a likely candidate to advocate for same-sex marriage, stressing "I am here as a bishop with a job to do."

She says she hopes to stand as a positive example to those who have felt rejected by the church in the past after she and her partner Wendy received an "overwhelmingly warm welcome".

"I hope that it is a sign of hope. There are a lot of gay people in our schools, in our colleges and universities, out there in society who think that the church is against them, that they don't have a place in the church," she said.

"I hope that being here as a gay person, in a same-sex relationship, will give those people hope and help them to see that this is something that the church embraces and is able to celebrate along with any other faithful committed relationship."

Vann will be enthroned at Newport Cathedral on 1st February.

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