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Church in Wales Seeks Pension Rights For Gay Clerics? Partners.

The Church in Wales is looking to offer pension rights to gay clerics’ partner.

Wales Online has the report:

The Church in Wales will next week consider taking a further step towards equality for gay clerics by providing improved pension rights for their civil partners.

But progressive elements in the Church remain uneasy that while there is an acceptance that priests can have a monogamous sexual relationship, the same tolerance does not extend to Bishops.

During a two-day meeting starting on Wednesday of the Church?s Governing Body, it will be recommended that surviving civil partners of retired clerics should receive a pension based on the priest?s entire working life. Until now, the rate of pension has only been calculated from 2005, when civil partnerships were first allowed.

A spokeswoman for the Church in Wales said: ?We believe the number of clergy who have entered into civil partnerships is very low. We don?t know exactly how many as clergy are not obliged to tell their Bishop or to notify the Church in Wales pension scheme when they enter a civil partnership.

Read the full article via WALESONLINE