U.S.-based church votes to support LGBTI Africans


Bishop Christopher Senyonjo Bishop Christopher Senyonjo of Uganda, whose acceptance of LGBT people incurred the wrath of the anti-gay Church of Uganda.

A progressive U.S.-based church has voted to promote fair treatment for LGBTI people in Africa, especially in countries with strong anti-gay Anglican churches such as Nigeria, Uganda and Kenya.

The LGBTI-friendly Episcopal Church, which approved same-sex wedding ceremonies earlier this week, passed a resolution today that instructed church officials to “work in partnership with African Anglicans who publicly oppose laws that criminalize homosexuality and incite violence against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex people.”

The resolution (A051, “Support LGBT African Advocacy”), builds on the work of the Chicago Consultation, a church group striving for the full inclusion of LGBT people in the Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion, to which the church belongs. That initiative is opposed by many Anglican churches in Africa — most prominently those in…

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