Church of England votes against gay marriage report
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Synod debate: Justin Welby calls for "radical new inclusion"

The Archbishop of Canterbury has called for a "radical new Christian inclusion", as members of the Church of England's ruling body voted not to "take note" of a controversial report on homosexuality and same-sex marriage.

The report by the House of Bishops called for a "culture of welcome and support" for gay Christians.

But it maintained that marriage in church should only be between a man and a woman, and services should not be held to bless same-sex relationships.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who supported the report, concluded the debate and said: "There are no problems here, there are simply people."

The House of Bishops voted overwhelmingly in favour, but the motion was defeated by the House of Clergy.

  • 15 Feb 2017