File this one under sorry not sorry:
The Church of England will not be withdrawing guidance that said sex is only for “heterosexual married couples”. But the archbishops of Canterbury and York are “very sorry and recognise the division and hurt” last week’s statement caused.
Justin Welby [photo] and John Sentamu say the statement “jeopardised trust”. It came ahead of a study by the Church into human sexuality, due to be published later this year.
It said sex in gay or straight civil partnerships “falls short of God’s purpose for human beings”. The statement came after the law changed to allow straight couples to have a civil ceremony. It added that Christians can only have sex if they’re married, which it called the “life-long union between a man and a woman”.