OneBodyOneFaith commends “Equal, the Campaign for Equal Marriage in the Church of England”.

OneBodyOneFaith commends “Equal, the Campaign for Equal Marriage in the Church of England”.

The pursuit of true equality for LGBT+ people in the life of our churches continues with vigour with the launch of “Equal, the Campaign for Equal Marriage in the Church of England”. Equal’s singular focus on championing marriage equality in the Church of England is a needed challenge to the status quo that proactively discriminates against LGBT+ people.

Luke Dowding, OneBodyOneFaith’s Executive Director Designate said: “Marriage, properly understood, remains one of the most profound ways in which we understand the relationship between Christ and Church; the fact that such an expression of love is barred for so many of our siblings in Christ is a grave disservice to the Good News. OneBodyOneFaith is an ecumenical organisation that works tirelessly for true freedom for LGBT+ people in our churches across the country, and whilst there are denominations who have opened the door and welcomed marriage equality, it is clear that there is a long journey ahead of us before we can all be counted as equals. I look forward to partnering with those behind Equal and witnessing their passion for equal marriage in the Church of England.”

Canon Peter Leonard, Chair of Trustees said: “The aims of the campaign speak a language with which we can all agree: that at the core of our Christian identity is the call to love in action, and that it is our individual consciences that guide us there. OneBodyOneFaith respects and appreciates all walks of shared-lives together, acknowledging that different paths work for different people; what Equal hope to achieve is admirable and will for many be exactly what is hoped for: lives lived well together, respected and treated equally, and with dignity.”

Grassroots action has always been and continues to be at the heart of OneBodyOneFaith; where real people who are affected by real issues set about to bring real change. We support the work of Equal, a campaign seeking to do just that.