Anglican Vicars bless hundreds of gay couples a year
Vicars across Britain are defying the Church of England's strict ban on blessings for gay couples by presiding over hundreds of such ceremonies every year.
An investigation by The Telegraph can reveal for the first time just how easy it is for same-sex couples to receive a blessing in an Anglican church.
In the space of less than a week, reporters posing as gay couples were offered blessings by 14 different vicars. The clergy, who were chosen at random, were happy to help the couples even though they were strangers who had no connection with either the local church or the parish.
Two parish priests in the dioceses of Lincoln and Southwark even provided dates for the ceremonies, which they agreed could take place in their own churches.