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Bishops join LGBT solidarity march following Lambeth Conference controversy

by Kelly Valencia

Over a dozen bishops joined a march in support of the LGBT community on Wednesday ahead of the start of the Lambeth Conference.

The march was organised by the University of Kent, where the Conference is taking place, as part of a number of events is organising to send a message of solidarity to the LGBT community.

It comes as the issue of the sexuality has cast a shadow over this year’s conference which brings together every Anglican bishop from across the world.

Earlier this week, the Communion was forced to change a motion which had defined marriage as "between a man and a woman".

But after intense backlash, the motion has now been altered to say that some Anglican churches have welcomed "same-sex unions/marriage".

At least four bishops from The Episcopal Church could be seen in pictures and videos shared on social media from the march.

It’s understood some of the bishops took part with their same sex spouses, as they have not been invited to attend the conference.

The Bishop of Maine, Rt Rev Thomas Brown marched with his husband, the Rev Thomas Mousin.

“Whenever there’s a sense of welcome, there’s a sense of joy. And what I felt was that this university community came together to say, ‘We are glad you’re here,’” Bishop Thomas Brown told Episcopal News Service.

“It’s delightful to be here – it’s just like a wave of love,”Bishop Thomas Mousin added.

“It’s wonderful that we’ve received it.”

The Bishop of Bethlehem in Pennsylvania, USA, Rt Rev Kevin Nichols also shared a video of him and his wife attending the march on Twitter.

The Lambeth Conference will end on 9th August. 

 

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