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Church of England's First Openly Gay Bishop Pushes for LGBT Inclusion

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"There is a growing consensus for the Church to take active steps towards ensuring it is welcoming and inclusive of all," said Bishop Nicholas Chamberlain.

Nicholas Chamberlain became the first Church of England bishop to publicly come out as gay and in a relationship, which some have said puts "difficult stress" on the already fragile church.

Nearly one in three members of the Church of England's ruling body have signed a letter that urges bishops to welcome LGBT members. However, after several anti-gay bishops met earlier this month, some fear that the church will divide completely over the issue.

Jayne Ozzanne, lay synod member of the church and one of the organizers of the letter, referred to the response as overwhelming in an interview with The Guardian.

"It definitely seems that the tide is now finally turning. From conversations I have had it would appear that many synod members were deeply challenged and moved by the (internal) discussions in July," Ozzanne said. "And it seems that there is a growing consensus for the church to take active steps towards ensuring it is welcoming and inclusive of all."

Watch a recent interview with Chamberlain below.

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