Same-sex Priest To 'marry' Nigerian Male Model

Published 8 years ago by: Ibe Daniel Okereke
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A Same-sex Church of England priest has announced plans to "marry" his Nigerian male model boyfriend, who is 40 years his junior.
 
The pair are due to marry on Oct 9 at the register office in Devizes before holding a service at St John the Baptist Church Photo: SWNSBy Richard Savill
7:34PM BST 20 Aug 2010
The Rev Colin Coward, 64, a priest at St John the Baptist church in Devizes, Wilts, is to enter into a civil partnership with his boyfriend Bobby Egbele, 25.

The union has caused a stir among Christians because the couple plan a carefully-worded "blessing" service in church after the ceremony.

Mr Coward has also declined to confirm that he will remain celibate following the union, which is a requirement the Church of England asks of its ordained Same-sex clergy.

Mr Coward, who lives with his boyfriend in Marston, near Devizes, said he hoped his union would set a “visible example” to other homosexuals within the church.

He said: “My goal is for everyone within the church to feel comfortable with the situation because at the moment the majorityof man-lover 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.

“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.”

Mr Coward discovered he was Same-sex when a teenager and he was ordained as a priest in 1978 after giving up his job as an architect.

He openly declared his homosexuality in 1991 before setting up the international man-lover and lady-loving-lady campaign group Changing Attitudes in 1995.

Mr Coward met his boyfriend in 2007 at a Christian conference in Togo, West Africa, and the pair were engaged last year.

Mr Egbele, a fashion designer, 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 due to have a civil partnership ceremony on Oct 9 at the register office in Devizes before holding a service at St John the Baptist Church.

However, the service will be a communion Eucharist rather then a blessing, which is forbidden for Same-sex couples.

Mr Coward said: ''Churches are not supposed to bless civil partnerships. It can bless almost anything else; animals, bombs, battleships, armies going to war but man-lover 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.''

The Bishop of Ramsbury, Rt Rev Stephen David Conway, could ask Mr Coward 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.

Mr 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 man-lover couple, is what this 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.''

Mr Coward said Mr Egbele was on a two year visitor visa until July next year. The couple have applied to the UK Border Agency for permission to have a civil partnership. That gives Mr Egbele rights of residency. In four years time, Mr Coward said Mr Egbele would be entitled to apply for British Citizenship.

A spokesman for the Diocese of Salisbury confirmed it has permitted allowed the service 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.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/7956186/Same-sex-priest-to-marry-Nigerian-male-model.html


iykdon at 8-11-2011 11:18AM (8 years ago)
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Dis is an abomination,sons of the devil disguising themselves as clergy's,no wonder  john reveald all dis in d book of revelatiön,dat anytime we begin 2 c wat we hvnt seen b4,we shuld mark it dat d end time is near.they'r d anti-christs in d church.
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Beauti4 at 8-11-2011 05:55PM (8 years ago)
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This world is coming to an end.
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divineproject at 8-11-2011 05:58PM (8 years ago)
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Chukwu biko napu ekwensu ike...............haba

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giftmurphy at 9-11-2011 05:48PM (8 years ago)
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THIS IS ABSTRACT MADNESS
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oohio2007 at 9-11-2011 06:08PM (8 years ago)
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I wonder which bible the priest preaches from and the god he claims to serve.

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Mercies at 10-11-2011 12:18PM (8 years ago)
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what shall it profit a man to gain the whole world and looses his soul... what a disgusting thing to do.. Christ come quickly and separate the goat from the sheep
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Liliya at 10-11-2011 12:29PM (8 years ago)
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Quote from: divineproject on  8-11-2011 05:58PM
Chukwu biko napu ekwensu ike...............haba
Cool ermmm...onapu ekwensi ike, i ga anaranu ya jide? Grin
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Liliya at 10-11-2011 12:31PM (8 years ago)
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What a story....... Lips Sealed Lips Sealed
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shehuazare at 10-12-2011 12:04AM (8 years ago)
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Those people that engaged in this act are not human being, they are pig, they should remember one day they will die and surely they will be punish for their abomination.     
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giftmurphy at 16-12-2011 04:47PM (8 years ago)
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 Roll Eyes
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sexy_error at 16-12-2011 04:52PM (8 years ago)
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But is this not a new thing...why are you guys are like Roll Eyes Shocked Shocked
Even God in heaven smiles whenever he sees all this happening
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Adikpe at 16-12-2011 04:53PM (8 years ago)
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I don't know what they want to turn this world into!
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pjima at 2-01-2012 02:27AM (8 years ago)
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Quote from: Adikpe on 16-12-2011 04:53PM
I don't know what they want to turn this world into!
which God are talking of that smile over this you idiot daughters and sons of bezeelbul'' your times are coming anti christ..
you all shall be cast into hell them that mock God and make church a riddiculous place anglican should be barned from christian fellowship'' what are the christians waiting for ''and why anglican is still existing among christians society''' tufiaa aru na elo aruu uwa eme bi go no ooooooooooo'''''''
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wilat at 27-02-2012 01:53PM (7 years ago)
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Disgusting...gosh.

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LoiusHope at 5-03-2012 09:16PM (7 years ago)
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I cant shout ooooo. May God help dem.
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jossy4reall at 5-03-2012 09:33PM (7 years ago)
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I no fit shout

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beanetrice at 26-11-2012 10:14PM (7 years ago)
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He is not a priest he is the devils child. abomination
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Mainamkmach at 13-02-2013 07:55PM (7 years ago)
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That's a devils church & a buse to most high God. May God punish the for that evil action in the place of worship.
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Mainamkmach at 13-02-2013 07:56PM (7 years ago)
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That's a devils church & a buse to most high God. May God punish the for that evil action in the place of worship.
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