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Leaders stand by gay minister

Church of Scotland leaders today stood by the controversial appointment of a gay Angus minister despite opposition from conservative members of the Aberdeen church to which he is moving, writes Liz Fowler.

The Rev Scott Rennie is currently minister at Brechin Cathedral but is poised to take over a position at Queen’s Cross church in the granite city, recently vacated by the Rev Bob Brown.

On the issue of same sex relationships, a Church spokesman said: “The church promotes and is supportive of marriage, not least because its ministry includes weddings. It would be up to the local presbytery to decide whether a minister within its bounds had behaved in a way that could constitute a disciplinary offence in church law.”

He said: “I understand Mr Rennie is not the first openly gay minister in the church. However, ministers are not required to indicate to us what their relationship status is for any public statistical purposes, so we would treat such information as private.”

• Full story at the Dundee Evening Telegraph.

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