The Anglican Dean of Perth says he could seek to hold same-sex weddings in St George’s Cathedral, providing he gets permission from the incoming Archbishop.
The Very Rev. Richard Pengelley said the Anglican church would need to lay out a national position on whether same-sex weddings could be allowed in churches, and it was his hope he would be given the green light to officiate at gay ceremonies.
Mr Pengelley conceded any push to allow same-sex weddings could lead to a split inside the Anglican church in Australia.
This year, he threw his support behind the campaign for same-sex marriage, revealing he has an adult son who is gay.
davidould.net has long predicted that Perth would be the diocese to push this, all the more since the election of Kay Goldsworthy as Archbishop. She has, of course, already let it be known that she’d be open to “considering” such a request…
In August, the next Anglican Archbishop of Perth, Kay Goldsworthy, suggested she was a supporter of same-sex marriage. The Archbishop-elect told The West Australian she favoured the more “inclusive” side of the marriage debate, though stressed that was her personal view only.
and yet it does increasingly seem as though that “personal” view will take precedence over the clear and regular orthodox position taken by the last few General Synods. But the Dean seems to think breaking away from the national church is worth it.