Nigerian gay priest wants to marry; Church of England says no

An openly gay priest from Nigeria has found himself entangled in the homophobia of the Church of England.

From the African Human Rights Media Network


The Rev. Jide Rebirth Macaulay. (Photo courtesy of the BBC)

By Mike Daemon

Homosexuality is frowned upon by many Christian churches across the world. And among churches that partially accept gay people, many still reject same-sex marriage.

That’s the barrier facing the Rev. Jide Rebirth Macaulay, a gay UK-based Nigerian priest. The Church of England, where he currently serves, does not support same-sex marriage even though homosexuality has been legal in Britain since 1967 and the nation has allowed same-sex marriages since 2013.

The reverend fled Nigeria in 2006 after his faith-based organization, the House of Rainbow, was attacked several times for being pro-LGBT.

Now the Church of England refuses to support his plan to marry his boyfriend.

He recently spoke to the BBC about that situation in a documentary titled “Am I Too Gay for God?”

He said in the BBC documentary:

“The church says I can never get married in the church and if I go ahead and marry him anyway, I won’t be allowed to keep my job as a clergyman. To me that is a great disservice and discrimination against same-gender-loving individuals.”

Macaulay was once married to a woman in Nigeria. The couple divorced three years later after he came to accept his sexual orientation.

In the documentary, Macaulay said that the Bible does not condemn homosexuality. He pointed out several sections of the Christian scriptures that he said have been widely misinterpreted as condemning LGBTIQ persons.

The documentary aired on Thursday, July 11, on BBC One.

Watch the preview below.

Source: Rights Africa

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Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, Erasing 76 Crimes. Contact him at [email protected]

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  1. This is why my daughter stopped going to church, it’s disgraceful that this man of faith can’t marry the man he loves, I’m sure God himself would bless this union of two people who love each other. Love is love, the church needs to move into the 21st century on this 🌈🌈🌈♥️

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