In Grantham, the Bishop in the church of anglican declare that he is in gay relationship. He was ordained last year by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, 60, who added that he was aware about his sexuality.
Nicholas Chamberlain, 52, has been with his partner for many years and added that they are in a ‘faithful’ and ‘loving’ relationship.
Bishop Chamberlain made the disclosure after learning that details about his private life were going to be revealed by an unnamed UK Sunday newspaper. He then spoke to the Guardian and added that he didn’t want to make ‘a big thing’ about coming out.
He was made suffragan in the Lincoln diocese in 2015 and obeys Church guidelines which say gay clergy must remain celibate and not marry.
The bishop told the newspaper:
‘It was not my decision to make a big thing about coming out. People know I’m gay, but it’s not the first thing I’d say to anyone. He said that both he and his partner ‘enjoy each other’s company’ and ‘share each other’s life’ during their ‘faithful’ and ‘loving’ relationship. Sexuality is part of who I am, but it’s my ministry that I want to focus on.’
‘I hope I’ll be able to be a standard-bearer for all people as a gay man. And I really hope that I’ll be able to help us move on beyond matters of sexuality.’ It is believed that he has become the first bishop to reveal that they are a homosexual.
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