…[The] Rev David McArthy, a traditionalist priest in the SEC and part of the conservative Scottish Anglican Network, told Christian Today there was an ‘immense sadness from many people in Scotland’ about the upcoming decision.
‘It is not simply a group of evangelical churches who have concerns about this but a fairly wide group,’ he said.
‘I pray that the leadership realise what they are about to do will have serious consequences for the Church.’
But supporters of gay marriage hope to see same-sex couples married in church by the end of year and see it as Scotland leading the way in the Church’s debate.
When threatened with ‘consequences’ by the Archbishop of Canterbury if they went ahead, Chillingworth responded by saying we ‘will not change what we do’.
He added: ‘Maybe it is a price worth paying for the ultimate healing of the [Anglican] Communion.’