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The first gay marriage in an Anglican church in Britain took place Aug. 1, a day after Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby described the continuing squabbles over same-sex marriage in the worldwide Anglican Communion as “intractable.
Following a vote by the Church of England’s ruling body, Anglican priests can now wear lay garments such as a suit, so long as their parochial church council agrees.
Concern is growing among British Christians about their place in the country's public life after Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, resigned over his religious beliefs.
It's not about making celibacy optional, but rather addressing the fact that there already are married Catholic priests and having a responsible discussion within the church that is broadly based.