Church policy on gay relationships unchanged
General Synod's Secretary-General, William Fittall, said:
"What the Church committed itself to was a well informed debate. There were no policy proposals before the Synod today, simply material, which the Synod welcomed, to support that debate.
"This is a process with no pre-set outcome. The Church's present policy against blessing gay relationships or ordaining people in same sex relationships has not changed.
"The mood of the Synod today was that it wanted to debate these issues openly and sensitively, and Synod achieved that. What many speakers also acknowledged was that the Synod today encouraged debate to take place more widely in the Church. We must allow that to take place and not pre-judge it."