Proposals for stand-alone services of blessing for same-sex couples will come before the Church’s General Synod when it meets 5-9 July.

Rt Revd Martyn Snow, Bishop of Leicester, who is the lead bishop for the Church’s Living in Love and Faith process, explains that the aim is to get a broad steer from General Synod.

“At this stage, the mind of the General Synod is being sought on the outline of this proposal, and, importantly, on whether this approach is one that might enable us to move forward as one Church.”

Bishop Snow confirmed that, even if approved, such services were unlikely to happen before the end of 2024 And it is a big ‘if’.

“While I am hoping that there will be broad approval at Synod, I’m also under no illusion that there will still be some who will not vote for this, and not like it.”

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