Church of England formally apologises for 'shameful' treatment of LGBTQI+ people

A formal apology has been issued by the Church of England for the “shameful” times LGBTQI+ people have been “rejected or excluded”. The Bishops of the Church of England have penned a letter admitting LGBTQI+ people have been “failed” at times but they should be and are “welcome and valued”. It comes after the church this week said it will bless same-sex civil marriages for the first time – though its position on gay marriage will not change and same-sex couples will still be unable to marry at church.