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Bishop who gave a sermon at the Royal wedding slams church leader who refused same-sex weddings

Bishop Michael Curry called for an immediate partial ban on the ministry of the Bishop of Albany

2019-01-14

Words: Steve Brown

The bishop who performed a memorable sermon at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding has slammed a church leader who refused to allow same-sex weddings.

Michael Curry, the Presiding Bishop of the US Episcopal Church, called for an immediate partial ban on the ministry of the Bishop of Albany, in New York, and warned a canonical offence may have been committed.

William Love – a bishop in the New York state - said Satan was encouraging gay sex by allowing same-sex couples to get married and placed a block on clergy in the Diocese of Albany despite being direct opposition to the church’s vote in July to approve marriage equality.

But now, Curry has slammed Love and said he is not allowed to discipline clergy who participate in same-sex weddings.

Bishop Curry said: "While I am persuaded of the sincerity and good will of Bishop Love in these difficult circumstances, I am convinced that Resolution B012 was intended by the Convention to be mandatory and binding upon all our dioceses...

"I am therefore persuaded that, as Presiding Bishop, I am called upon to take steps to ensure that same-sex marriage in The Episcopal Church is available to all persons to the same extent and under the same conditions in all Dioceses of the Church where same-sex marriage is civilly legal."