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Same sex weddings could be allowed in Church in Wales within 5 years says new Archbishop

by Donna Birrell

The new Archbishop of Wales says he won't be surprised if same-sex weddings are allowed in churches in the country within the next five years. 

Most Rev Andrew John who's being enthroned at a service at St Deiniol's cathedral in Bangor today has said the church in Wales should be inclusive and "welcome people, where they are, who they are".

Last year, the Church in Wales passed legislation enabling couples to have a civil partnership blessed. That arrangement will be in place for an 'experimental' period of five years. 

Archbishop Andrew who has served as Bishop of Bangor since 2008 said :

"I wouldn't be surprised if, within that five-year period, we were once again talking about the marriage of same-sex couples.

"We need to make the journey and we then need to have the debate and when we do that I think we'll find ourselves looking back and thinking perhaps the concern or the trouble, real and sincere as it was, wasn't a real problem".

The Church of Scotland could become the latest Christian denomination in the UK to officiate same-sex marriages.

A new paper submitted to the 2022 General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, expected to take place in May, has shown a majority of presbyteries are in favour of allowing same-sex marriage. 

The Scottish Episcopal Church voted to allow gay couples to marry in church in 2017.

The Church of England does not permit same sex marriage, but has been consulting in a 'Living in Love and Faith' process, its teaching document on sexuality. The deadline to engage with the resources is today, April 30. 

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