Makgoba expresses disappointment over same-sex unions debate

The church has rejected the proposal which was brought forward by the Saldanha Bay district.

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JOHANNESBURG - Anglican archbishop Thabo Makgoba says he is disappointed by the outcome of a debate on whether to bless same-sex marriages in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa.

"I was disappointed, maybe we should not have voted 'for' or 'against' but assessed the matter from both sides."

The church has rejected the proposal which was brought forward by the Saldanha Bay district.

The voting process involved representatives from a number of SADC countries, some of whom don't have same-sex unions recognised in their country's civil law.

Makgoba says the debate was a start and won't be the end of discussions on blessing same-sex unions. He adds LGBTI members are still valued members of the church, urging them not to feel discouraged by the decision.