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The Church of England has reached a turning point on gay marriage

Inclusion doesn’t represent the weakening of tradition, but the fraying of evangelical control

By Linda Woodhead  

Activists from the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement outside the General Synod at Church House in London, where a Church of England report on same sex marriage is due to be discussed ©Dominic Lipinski PA Wire/PA Images

“Church of England could split over homosexuality” is a headline that occurs with the reassuring regularity of the shipping forecast. As with the boy who cried wolf, we hardly listen any more. But last week’s vote in the General Synod, in which the clergy voted against a bishops’ report that said only a man and woman can marry in church, is a genuine…

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