The Anglican Archbishop of Perth has rejected for the second time a motion by his church synod to formally recognise same-sex relationships.
Earlier this month, the synod voted two-thirds majority in favour of legal acknowledgement of the civil unions of gay people.
…Archbishop Herft says he cannot assent to the motion.
“What we have in the Diocese of course is a number of people in same-sex relationships amongst the clergy and amongst the laity and we have always said that people of all forms of sexuality and orientation are welcome,” he said.
“I think that’s what the synod was trying to do was to express hospitality but what this particular resolution does is asks me, in the first instance, to recognise diversity within the diocese of Perth, both in our sexual identities and in our theologies of human sexuality, that’s the first part and I mean that’s a fact; there is a diversity within the diocese of Perth, both in our sexual identities and in our theologies….