British Vicar, Rev Coward To Marry Nigerian Gay by nametalkam
on: 20 Aug 10, 04:51 PM (5 years ago) Hero (m)
A 65-year-old vicar has stunned church bosses by announcing plans to ‘marry’ his 25-year-old Nigerian male model boyfriend, the Daily Mail of London reported today.
•Reverend Colin Coward and his Nigerian Bobby Egbele.
Gay Reverend Colin Coward, a priest at St John the Baptist church in Devizes, Wiltshire, is entering into a civil partnership with his boyfriend Bobby Egbele. But the marriage has caused a stir among Christians because the couple plan to receive a ‘blessing’ service in church after tying the knot.
Reverend Colin Coward fell in love with Nigerian model Bobby Egbele after they met at a Christian conference in Togo in 2007. The pair plan to tie the knot in October
Rev Coward has also refused to confirm that he will remain celibate following the union, which is a requirement the Church of England asks of its ordained gay
clergy. Today, Rev Coward, who lives with Bobby in Marston, near Devizes, revealed that he hopes his union sets a ‘visible example’ to other gay people within the church.
He said: ‘My goal is for everyone within the church to feel comfortable with the situation because at the moment the majority of gay Christians marry secretly.
‘It is a taboo subject but the church is now under huge pressure to change its stance and that pressure will only increase in the future. More…Catholic charity faces closure after losing appeal over gay adoption ‘Clearly the blessing is going to be quite a sensitive issue. I know that many people will see it and view it with horror.
‘But we are both deeply committed Christians so it would be unthinkable for me not to do it in church and not to do it with the congregation and with all of our friends.
‘I hope my wedding will inspire others and set a visible example to the church that we are not afraid.’
Reverend Coward realised he was gay as a teenager and was ordained as a priest in 1976 after giving up his job as an architect.
He came out openly as a gay vicar in 1991 before setting up the international gay and lesbian campaign group Changing Attitudes in 1995.
Rev Coward plans to refuse the request that he remain celibate Rev Coward met Bobby in 2007 at a Christian conference in Togo, West Africa, and the pair fell in love before getting engaged earlier this year.
Fashion designer and model Bobby, whose full name is Bobby Ikekhuame Egbele, grew up in Nigeria and runs an online clothing shop Bobafrique, where he models the clothes.
The pair are set to marry on October 9 at the Register Office in Devizes before
having a service at St John the Baptist church.
However, the ceremony will be a Communion Eucharist service rather then a
blessing, which is forbidden for homosexual couples.
Rev Coward said: ‘Churches are not supposed to bless civil partnerships. It can bless almost anything else animals, bombs, battleships, armies going to war but gay couples? No.
‘So our church blessing has to be carefully-worded in so far as it does not use the word blessing in the context of the two of us in relationship.’
Rev Coward’s boss, the Right Reverend Stephen David Conway, who is the Bishop of Ramsbury, is also expected to ask him to remain celibate – a request he plans to refuse.
Under Church of England laws sex is only permitted for married couples and same-sex civil partnerships are not officially regarded as marriage. Rev Coward said: ‘I have big doubts whether he will ask me that because it’s a very intrusive question. It’s a ridiculous situation and a real mess. ‘What we’re allowed to do, as a gay couple, is what this is all about and certainly those in ordained ministry are not supposed to be sexually active. ‘But in practice, some bishops absolutely will give their approval knowing that a couple is in a civil partnership and that they are sharing the same bed, and will encourage them to do that.’
A spokesman for the Diocese of Salisbury confirmed they have permitted the service to go ahead but described it as ‘separate’ from the civil ceremony. He said: ‘A Eucharistic service celebrating friendship is what has been sanctioned in this case. This is entirely separate from any civil partnership ceremony.’
Tony Green, spokesman for the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement, believes the uncertain situation is a ‘typically Anglican fudge’. He said: ‘The Bishops of the Church of England clearly did not want to be seen denying their priests something which is a legal right.
‘Yet at the same time they had to uphold the official teaching of the Church of England concerning gay priests needing to be celibate.
Reply #1 by divineproject
on: 20 Aug 10, 04:58 PM (5 years ago) Hero (f)
Reply #2 by slimnazy
on: 20 Aug 10, 05:03 PM (5 years ago) Upcoming (m)
GOD's judgement will soon come upon them...veeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrry SOON.
Reply #3 by HOPEA23
on: 20 Aug 10, 05:13 PM (5 years ago) Addicted Hero (f)
haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahha the both of them looks a like
Reply #4 by Adikpe
on: 20 Aug 10, 07:32 PM (5 years ago) Gistmaniac (m)
NA WHICH KIND OF REVEREND BE THAT ONE?
Reply #5 by Alex11
on: 20 Aug 10, 08:12 PM (5 years ago) Upcoming (m)
WHAT A MESS!!! PEOPLE NO LONGER HAVE SHAME?
Reply #6 by elegant11
on: 20 Aug 10, 09:04 PM (5 years ago) Newbie (m)
They are not priest but AGENTS of satan posing as priest.
Reply #7 by D_U1
on: 20 Aug 10, 09:31 PM (5 years ago) Upcoming (m)
What a world! The last time I checked, I guess the Bible frowns at such perverted kind of relationships. I don't understand why such thing should be allowed to thrive among Christians.
Reply #8 by ceejay58
on: 20 Aug 10, 11:35 PM (5 years ago) Hero (m)
Gosh!!! am so gutted by all these stupidity.... pls those people re not part of the christian folds. i strongly believe the Devil is seriously using these manner of people to bring the church into disrepute. what's really happening to the world?
even see their sawad faces.... hisssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss
Reply #9 by ceejay58
on: 20 Aug 10, 11:36 PM (5 years ago) Hero (m)
They are not priest but AGENTS of satan posing as priest.
u re right bro.... they re Satanic agents.
Reply #10 by japhethjeff
on: 21 Aug 10, 12:00 AM (5 years ago) Upcoming (m)
Roman 1:26,27 That is why God gave them up to disgraceful sexual appetites, for both their females changed the natural use of themselves into one contrary to nature; and likewise even the males left the natural use of the female and became violently inflamed in their lust toward one another, males with males, working what is obscene and receiving in themselves the full recompense, which was due for their error.
Reply #11 by ninibrown
on: 21 Aug 10, 01:41 AM (5 years ago) Newbie (m)
dis is becoming more interesting. it sounds like sometin dat someone can never imagine. wetin man no go do. one day rev. go marry female goat. hisssssss
Reply #12 by SENTIMAL
on: 21 Aug 10, 05:46 AM (5 years ago) Upcoming (m)
Food 4 thought: d church knew he was a gay yet, they went ahead and ordained him as a priest. Is it biblical? Well, I think the lesbians' cowardice to come out openly and boldly to claim their so- called 'civil rights' to do same thing is the major reason Christ is yet to resurface. The bible says judgment begins from the house of God and now I understand whys!
Reply #13 by Oladepojoke
on: 21 Aug 10, 10:28 AM (5 years ago) Newbie (f)
The end time is hereeeeeeeeeee oooooooo
Reply #14 by ugbest19
on: 21 Aug 10, 10:36 AM (5 years ago) Upcoming (m)
why God dey even look them why, why this agent of satan so called FATHER IN EUROPE most of them a guy
Reply #15 by wahaladey
on: 21 Aug 10, 12:45 PM (5 years ago) Newbie (m)
This very,very,very disgusting. See niaja man,na waooooooooo !
Reply #16 by Michro
on: 21 Aug 10, 01:27 PM (5 years ago) Hero (m)
Nemesis will soon catch up with both of them
Reply #17 by negalways2001
on: 21 Aug 10, 02:01 PM (5 years ago) Upcoming (m)
Reply #18 by itemmiri
on: 21 Aug 10, 02:04 PM (5 years ago) Newbie (f)
stupid,azzholes that know not what they re doing...i wish the rust in hell an burn to ashes.....fooools
Reply #19 by solojaro
on: 21 Aug 10, 02:16 PM (5 years ago) Gistmaniac (m)