NO HOMOPHOBIA HERE: St Mark’s Anglican Church Reverend Rod Winterton has a more progressive view on same-sex marriage than others.
NO HOMOPHOBIA HERE: St Mark’s Anglican Church Reverend Rod Winterton has a more progressive view on same-sex marriage than others. Jayden Brown

Reverend points to 'generational shift on same-sex marriage'

A WARWICK church leader has indicated that while his church had a sacred view of marriage, he believed there was a generational shift in support of same-sex marriage.

As the debate surrounding same-sex marriage continues following a momentous decision in the United States Supreme Court, St Mark's Anglican Church Reverend Rod Winterton has expressed a more progressive personal view than his conservative Catholic counterparts.

Reverend Rod Winterton described the Anglican Church as 'broad' and said it was 'far from homophobic'.

"In my previous parish two of my clergy were gay and in a long-term monogamous relationship," he said.

"It'll be a couple of generations before we see a lot of gay weddings in the church - at this stage I'd say there would be some sort of a formal blessing of a same-sex union.

"It's a generational shift - it's just a feature of modern life and each of us has our own thing."

While no official policy on same-sex marriage has been pushed by the church, Mr Winterton said many in the church still had a sacred idea of marriage.

"The broader church would have to support gay marriage," he said.

"Official policy can only be guided by policy - it would take a change to the canon."

Despite his comments that same-sex weddings in the church would be a while off, Mr Winterton said there had been a shift from marrying in a place of worship.

"Only a very small portion of weddings these days happen in churches," he said.



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