Church turmoil: U.S. supports, Nigeria hates same-sex vows

30 Jun

The anti-gay Church of Nigeria


Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury. (Photo courtesy of The Guardian) Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. (Photo courtesy of The Guardian)

The anti-gay Church of Nigeria has distanced itself from a Nigerian archbishop because he opposes a Nigerian law that provides a 14-year prison sentence for anyone entering into a same-sex marriage.

In response, Nigerian activist Davis Mac-Iyalla called on the head of the Anglican Communion, Archbishop Justin Welby, to protest the Nigerian church’s support for the repressive law.

Instead, Welby today had cautioned the U.S.-based Episcopal Church against widening its definition of marriage to include same-sex couples.

The church currently allows same-sex weddings on a trial basis.  The church’s House of Bishops yesterday passed a resolution to remove references to marriage as between a man and a woman.  Days after the U.S. Supreme Court approved same-sex marriages nationwide, the bishops are currently meeting in Salt Lake City as half of the church’s bicameral legislature, along with House of Deputies, which…

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