The Church of England apologized after issuing a statement declaring that sex should only be between heterosexual married couples, according to the Belfast Telegraph.
“We as Archbishops [John Sentamu and Justin Welby], alongside the bishops of the Church of England, apologise and take responsibility for releasing a statement which we acknowledge has jeopardized trust,” they said.
The original statement was prompted by a recent UK law that allows straight couples to get married in a civil ceremony instead of a traditional marriage. Previously, civil partnerships in the UK had only been an option for same-sex couples. The statement, according to CNN, mandated that Christians in civil partnerships should abstain from sex since civil partnerships aren’t always based on romantic love.
“In particular, [civil partnerships are] not predicated on the intention to engage in a sexual relationship,” the guidance said, according to the Catholic Herald. “There is likely to be a range of circumstances in which people of the same sex or opposite sex choose to register a partnership, including some where there is no intention for the relationship to be expressed through sexual activity.”
As Christian Headlines previously reported, the original guidance makes a traditional stand for marriage.
“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,” said the original statement.
“In its approach to civil partnerships the Church seeks to uphold that standard, to affirm the value of committed, sexually abstinent friendships and to minister sensitively and pastorally to…