Church of England Says Sex Is for Married Heterosexual Couples Only

The Church of England released  guidance saying sex is for married heterosexual couples only
according to an article in The Guardian, the Church of England has issued pastoral guidance that says “Sexual relationships outside heterosexual marriage are regarded as falling short of God’s purposes for human beings.” The guidance is in response to the recent introduction of mixed-sex civil partnerships in the UK.

The Guardian reports, “The Church of England has stated that sex belongs only within heterosexual marriage, and that Christians in gay or straight civil partnerships should be sexually abstinent. Bishops have issued pastoral guidance in response to the recent introduction to mixed-sex civil partnerships, which says: “For Christians, marriage – that is, the lifelong union between a man and a woman, contracted with the making of vows – remains the proper context for sexual activity.” The church “seeks to uphold that standard” in its approach to civil partnerships, and “to affirm the value of committed, sexually abstinent friendships” within such partnerships.”

It adds: “Sexual relationships outside heterosexual marriage are regarded as falling short of God’s purpose for human beings.”

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