Gay marriage - “not a choice but a given”

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THE Dean of Chichester held a public talk on gay marriage at Chichester Cathedral on Monday (July 8).

The Very Reverend Nicholas Frayling led the talk, called Gay Marriage - Sacrament or Scandal?.

The Observer was initially invited to attend but a reporter was refused entrance on the day.

After the event, a statement from the cathedral said: “As part of Chichester Cathedral’s Education Department’s series of Hot Topics, The Dean of Chichester, Nicholas Frayling, led a lively discussion in a packed Vicars’ Hall.

“Reminding the audience that ‘homosexuality is not a choice but a given,’ the Dean drew on theology to present arguments for both sides before opening up the debate to the wider audience.

“Feelings ran high as people felt able to express their views on this safe and unrecorded occasion, but good humour was retained throughout, and it became clear there was no simple solution to this 21st-century problem.

“Marilyn McInnes, the cathedral’s education officer, thanked the Dean and was struck by the number of people, during and after the session, who said how much they had been helped by the talk, in their own or their families’ personal circumstances.”

Earlier this month editor-in-chief of the Observer Colin Channon held a talk on Freedom of the Press as part of a Hot Topic event.

The next talk will be held on Saturday afternoon, entitled The Baroque Guitar.

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