An unconditional hats off to the new Dean of St. Paul’s. This exclusive (£) in The Times today is huge:
We need to take seriously people’s desire for partnership and make sure that the virtues that you see in married relationships are available to people who are gay.
As a Christian who is committed to marriage, I would say that for people to take on board, in their relationships, a commitment to lifelong chastity and being together is actually the best pattern for how to flourish if you’re going to be in a relationship . . . whether you’re gay or straight.
I’m encouraged that a good number of gay people want to take on the virtues of marriage. For Christian gay people to model that kind of faithfulness, in a culture which, historically, has often been about promiscuity, is a very good thing to do.
The role of the Church is to be both inclusive and challenging.
It’s about learning to live in openness with the reality of who people are.