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Debate on same-sex unions a positive start, says archbishop Thabo Makgoba

The church's highest legislative body has not responded positively to a request for same-sex unions.

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Anglican archbishop Thabo Makgoba says while it's disappointing that the Anglican Church of Southern Africa has rejected a proposal to bless same-sex marriages, the fact that such debates are being held is a positive start.

The church's highest legislative body has not responded positively to a request for "prayers of blessings" to be given to be given to same-sex couples.

The decision-making process included representatives from various SADC countries who, unlike South Africa, don't have same-sex unions recognised in their civil law.

Makgoba has assured LGBTI members of the church that they are loved and accepted regardless of sexual orientation.

He says debriefings will be held on the outcome of the vote before the matter is hopefully taken up again at the next provincial synod in 2019.

"Between now and the next synod, the bishops in the diocese will ensure that they get into the theology of why people were voting for or against to help our people, certainly that will happen."

The archbishop has assured LGBTI members of the church that they are welcomed and accepted.