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Church to allow gay bishops

The Church of England has confirmed it is dropping its ban on gay clergy in civil partnerships from becoming bishops. The Church's House of Bishops said gay clergy can rise to the role if they pledge to remain celibate.

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Dean of St Albans fought campaign for gay bishops

Dr Jeffrey John has faced opposition from conservatives within the church because of his sexuality. Credit: Michael Stephens/PA Archive

Today's announcement on gay bishops by the Church of England lifts a moratorium that was reportedly due to face a legal challenge from within the church's own ranks 12 months ago.

Reports last year suggested that that the Dean of St Albans, Dr Jeffrey John, who is in a celibate civil partnership, was considering legal action.

Dr John, regarded as Britain's most senior openly homosexual cleric, had accused the church of hypocrisy and publicly urged the Archbishop of Canterbury to take a stand.

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