Rev Sharon Ferguson recently attended the LGBT Reception at 10 Downing Street. It was a lively evening with over 150 distinguished guests from all areas of life enjoying the sunshine in the gardens.
David Cameron addressed the gathering and praised the lgbt community for the positive contribution it makes to society. His talk had two main themes: the Olympic Games which were about to start and the introduction of equal marriage.
He made it abundantly clear that the law will be changed to allow for civil marriage between same sex couples but there was no mention of allowing marriages to be solemnised by religious personel. However, I was able to speak to him personally and pressed upon him the importance of this issue.
I have attended a number of these receptions over the past few years and I have always been only too aware of the lack of represention of lgbt people of faith. Consequently it was a pure delight to see so many ‘dog collars’ in attendance this year!