When we learn about religious attitudes to homosexuality in Year 10’s Religious Studies lessons we learn that:
- in the Catholic Church it’s okay to be gay, but don’t have gay relationships;
- in the Evangelical Church there’s the belief that nobody should be gay and that the holy spirit will save people and change them to be straight;
- in the seemingly more liberal Church of England it says it’s not a sin to be gay, that you can enjoy lifelong homosexual relationships (in other words don’t be promiscuous, which is the same message as to heterosexual/ straight Christians) yet if you are a gay minister or vicar you are only allowed a civil partnership not marriage.
Well to support what we’ve learnt in class here’s an article about a gay minister who’s been banned from leading religious services in the church because he’s got married. Jeremy Davies married opera singer McEnery, who has performed with the English National Opera and Welsh National Opera as well as teaching and composing. McEnery said the decision to ban his husband from leading services was “insulting and offensive, and doesn’t make the church look good. I dislike the idea of the church being allowed to discriminate against gay people when it is increasingly outlawed in civil life.”