The Church of England's opposition to gay marriage lacks integrity and should be ignored, the Dean of St Albans said yesterday.
Dr Jeffrey John, who is gay and in a civil partnership, welcomed the Government's plans to legalise same-sex civil marriage but said he is "sad because the Church that I love and serve is opposing it."
In a video for the Out4Marriage campaign, he said the Church of England "doesn't speak with integrity on this issue and so, frankly, doesn't deserve to be listened to". He added: "It's true that a gay couple can't have children together, but then again neither can a heterosexual couple if they are infertile or past the age of childbearing. The Church has never refused to marry a heterosexual couple that can't have children, so why refuse gay couples?"