The times reports (here) that Steve Chalke has come out in favour of Gay Marriage. More interestingly, from a Baptist perspective, is the statement that he conducted his first gay blessing a few weeks ago.
It has been clear (to me at least) for some while that the BUGB’s ministerial rules were open to challenge by someone blessing a civil partnership. Under the current rules blessing a civil partnership is considered unbecoming conduct. I hadn’t anticipated however that one of the first Baptist Ministers to do so would announce it in an interview for national publication.
I’m not absolutely sure if Steve remains on the BUGB’s accredited list but assume that if he isn’t the Union will fairly quickly point this out. Otherwise we have an interesting situation developing. Not least because Steve has been a controversial figure within Evangelicalism ever since his pronouncement on Penal Substitutionary Atonement.
It could of course be that the Times’ reporting is inaccurate.
Ps: thanks to 'David' in the comments below for the link to this article in which Steve helpfully sets out some of his thinking and raises key questions about the nature of inclusion.