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Gay marriage deserves support: archbishop
Archbishop of Wales Dr Barry Morgan has lent his support to gay marriage, claiming that all lifelong committed relationships deserved “the welcome, pastoral care and support of the Church”.
In his presidential address to members of the Church in Wales’ governing body, Morgan also said he was concerned about the welfare of gay people whom he feared could feel uncomfortable and unwelcome in churches during the national debate over same-sex marriage.
“The Government’s consultation on civil marriage raises a whole host of theological questions for the church,” he said.
“My concern at the moment is that in any discussion which might ensue on this, gay people may once more gain the impression that the church is uncaring and unsympathetic.
“Things could be said in the coming months which I think could seriously damage people pastorally so it is that pastoral issue that I want to address.”
Morgan has called for full acceptance of gay and lesbian people previously.
The UK government launched a 12-week consultation on the issue of civil gay marriages in March.