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Evangelical minister calls to embrace LGBT

(Raw Story) An influential evangelical minister has declared his support for monogamous and loving same-sex relationships, and called on the church to stop treating gay people as pariahs.

The Rev Steve Chalke, a Baptist minister who founded the Christian charity Oasis, says the time has come for the church to demonstrate its compassion and commitment to inclusivity.

His intervention comes amid the Church of England’s continuing struggles with the highly divisive issues of celibacy for gay bishops and the introduction of female bishops.