Gay people raised religious are 12 times more likely to suffer from poor mental health. Oasis Foundation, the gay community-inclusive Christian charitable trust, says it is ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ that Christian leaders are responsible for fueling negative messages about homosexuality in society, the media and in politics. The influence of the church is having a negative influence on gay people.
Every denomination of the Christian church in Britain, except for the United Reformed Church, held positions which actively discriminate against people with same-sex partners.
The Oasis study concluded that local churches are ‘one of the biggest … discriminators’ of gay people.
Recently the House of Bishops restated the Church of England’s opposition to same-sex marriage, which will be discussed at the General Synod meeting next week.