The bishop of Grantham has become the first Church of England bishop to publicly declare that he is gay and in a celibate relationship. Nicholas Chamberlain said there had been no secret about his long-term relationship with his partner. A Sunday newspaper intended to reveal Chamberlain’s sexuality.
Chamberlain was consecrated last November, and all those involved in his appointment, including the archbishop of Canterbury, were aware of his personal situation.
The church has a long history with the issue of gay priests. The Guardian notes:
Rumours about gay bishops have circulated for decades, but no serving bishop has ever before gone public about their sexuality. David Hope, the former archbishop of York, said that his sexuality was a “grey area” after being threatened with being “outed”; and former archbishop of Canterbury George Carey claimed to have knowingly consecrated two celibate gay men as bishops in the 1990s.
People have basic human rights, and those basic human rights correctly take priority over the Scriptures. As the saying went, Get Over It.