Pooves and closet cases: July 2003 Archives

July 9, 2003

A very English resignation

The fallout from the debate over gay clergy in the Church of England has led to more resignations - in this case, a gay couple who tend the grass at their local parish church. Nigel Hughes wrote to Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury:

I have been watching the debate over your appointment of Canon Jeffery John with interest.

I am very sorry to inform you that my partner Richard Edmunds and I feel it is necessary to resign from our positions as volunteer grass cutters for All Saints Parish Church in Lawshall, Suffolk.

Given the present circumstances of the forced resignation of Canon John because of his, albeit, celibate homosexual relationship with his partner of 27 years, we felt that you would certainly not approve of an active homosexual couple tending to the environment of your beloved souls in the parish church graveyard.

Our resignation will of course put some extra strain on the existing grass cutting team. I therefore cordially invite you to fill our slot of grass cutting, which will be in the final two weeks of September.

Gay gardeners send Archbishop resignationGay.com news, 9th July 1002.

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