The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justine Welby, spoke about his stance on the blessing of same-sex marriages in the Anglican Church. He stated that he personally will not use church resources for the blessing of such marriages, but emphasized that this decision is not based on a stance against LGBTQ+ rights. He noted that his position as the Archbishop of Canterbury is a factor in this decision.
Welby made these comments while addressing the media in Accra on February 11, 2023, in response to the varying opinions on same-sex marriages within different countries that are part of the Anglican Church, such as the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
Last week, the Church of England’s General Synod, which was held in Accra, decided to not change the doctrine of marriage but voted to offer blessings to same-sex couples. Clergy members have the option to not use the blessings, and the ban on same-sex marriage remains in place. The Synod spent two days discussing amendments to a motion put forth by the bishops in response to the six-year study and consultation on questions of identity and sexuality, known as “Living in Love and Faith.