Half of Anglicans have no problem with same-sex relationships

A new survey has revealed half of Anglicans see nothing wrong with same-sex relationships, as the General Synod prepares to debate the issue.

The Church of England is to debate the issue of same-sex marriage on Wednesday, but the findings from NatCen’s British Social Attitudes survey showed that 50 percent of those who identify as Anglican believe same-sex relationships are “not wrong at all”.

Half of Anglicans have no problem with same-sex relationships

Acceptance is still highest among those who don’t identify with any religion (73 percent) but a comparison of previous surveys demonstrated Anglican opinion soften over time.

Just under 20 percent still think same-sex relationships are “always wrong”, a drop of 34 percent when compared to findings from 1983.

On the issue of equal marriage, a 2014 version of the survey showed that 47 percent of Anglicans supported the right of same-sex couples to marry.

That compared with 60 percent of the public as a whole.

26 percent of Anglicans believe that equal marriage is wrong.

The Church of England has been accused of being out of touch with society on the issue of equal marriage.

In an open letter, published by 14 retired bishops, the church was criticised for talking about the LGBT community rather than to them.

A recent report by serving bishops upheld the stance of marriage being between one man and one woman.