2020欧洲杯足球即时比分The number of Anglicans who believe that gay couples have a right to marry “are now clearly in the majority”, according to a new YouGov poll.
2020欧洲杯足球即时比分Despite the Church of England’s official stance against same-sex relationships, almost half of Anglicans now believe that same sex marriage is right, with well over two-thirds of those aged 50 and under agreeing.
The figures have prompted accusations that the Church of England is “kicking the can down the road” regarding attitudes to the LGBT community.
The YouGov poll, conducted last week, repeated a question asked about same-sex marriage in 2013 and 2016, and shows a marked increase in the number of Anglicans believing same-sex marriage is right (from 38% in 2013 to 48% in 2020) and a marked decrease in numbers believing it is wrong (from 47% in 2013 to 34% in 2020).
2020欧洲杯足球即时比分The 2020 poll was commissioned by the Ozanne Foundation, which works with religious organisations around the world to eliminate discrimination and prejudice based on sexuality and gender.
Jayne Ozanne, the Foundation’s director and a prominent gay evangelical within the Church of England – who had also commissioned the previous 2016 You Gov poll said: “These results show that those opposed to same-sex marriage are now clearly in the minority.”
2020欧洲杯足球即时比分"The results also show the huge mismatch between the Church of England's leadership and those who worship in our churches.
2020欧洲杯足球即时比分“This is deeply worrying for the future of our Church. Attitudes are changing fast, yet the Church of England appears to remain intransigent on a matter that is affecting the lives of so many of its LGBT+ members, their families and friends.
“What is more, younger Anglicans - often found within evangelical churches - are overwhelmingly clear where they stand on this issue, with nearly three quarters of the under 50s now believing in same sex marriage.
2020欧洲杯足球即时比分“The Church of England cannot afford to ‘kick the can down the road’ any longer, and needs to urgently agree a way forward so that those who wish to embrace and celebrate same sex marriages can do so."
2020欧洲杯足球即时比分Ms Ozanne added: “To pretend that this is an issue on which many have not yet formed a view is to misunderstand the reality of what is happening in our pews.”
For decades, the church has been divided over how to deal with LGBT issues and has recently embarked on a large study of human sexuality, Living in Love and Faith, which is due to be published later this year.
The YouGov research surveyed attitudes amongst 5169 people in total across Great Britain, including 1,171 Anglicans in England.
2020欧洲杯足球即时比分The results also show that those who identify as Anglican in England lag well behind the general public in their views, with the majority of British respondents (60%) in support and only a quarter (24%) against. That said, well over half of Anglican women (53%) are affirming compared to only 41% of Anglican men.
Results are highly age dependent with a marked difference between Anglicans aged over 65+ (30% right, 48% wrong) to Anglicans aged 25-49 (71% right, 17% wrong), with even Anglicans aged 50-65 being strongly now in favour (52% right, 30% wrong).
2020欧洲杯足球即时比分The figures come just a weeks after the Archbishops apologised for the House of Bishops’ recent “pastoral statement” on civil partnerships, which condemned sex outside heterosexual marriage.
The guidance sparked furious criticism from LGBT campaigners both within and outside the church and prompted almost 4,000 people to sign an open letter to the Archbishops, organised by Ms Ozanne and three other Church of England members, that stated the “Church had become a laughing-stock to the nation”.
2020欧洲杯足球即时比分Commenting on the YouGov poll results Rt Revd Paul Bayes, the Bishop of Liverpool and Chair of
the Foundation, said: “These results provide a challenge to us in leadership within the Church of England to ensure that we understand the views of the people we serve.
2020欧洲杯足球即时比分“Attitudes are indeed changing quickly, and we must be open to what the Holy Spirit is saying to us through them if we are to be an effective witness of God’s love to the nation.”
A spokesperson for the Church of England added: “We know that there is disagreement in the Church of England over the question of same-sex marriage.
2020欧洲杯足球即时比分“That is why we are preparing a major new set of teaching and learning resources that will help the Church to understand this question in the wider context of identity, sexuality and marriage.
2020欧洲杯足球即时比分“We hope the resources will enable people in the Church of England to think more deeply about these matters and so to understand the differences among us better. We do this because the Church values everyone, regardless of their convictions, as a person loved and made in the image of God.
2020欧洲杯足球即时比分“By learning from and listening to one another, guided by Holy Spirit, the Church will find ways forward rooted in scripture and the Christian faith.”