Reverend Kelvin Holdsworth, a prominent Anglican cleric and gay rights activist, has called upon believers to pray that Prince George – who is 4-years-old and third in line to the throne – will find the love of a man when he gets older, so he can advance the cause of same-sex marriage in the church. His comments drew outrage from traditional clerics and fellow Christians, who condemned them as “unkind.”
According to the New York Times, his comments came just days after Prince Harry announced his engagement to Meghan Markle, a divorced American, which makes it a royal romance that collides with church tradition.
For Holdsworth, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to bring up another romance that would challenge conventional beliefs and bring reform. But, the fact that he brought a 4-year-old into the conversation disappointed many.
British law permits same-sex marriage in most of the country, but the Church of England will not allow gay couples to get married in their churches.
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Holdsworth is the provost of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Glasgow, which is part of the Scottish Episcopal Church, which voted in June to allow priests to officiate gay marriages. Now, it seems he will use any means necessary to advance his cause across the UK.
The Daily Star reports that Reverend Gavin Ashenden, a former royal chaplain, says to pray for Prince George to be gay would undermine his personal and constitutional roles since there is an expectation that he would marry a woman he loves and produce a biological heir. He said it is an unkind and destabilizing prayer that is more like a curse.
Oddly enough, this is not the first time someone has brought up the young prince’s sexuality. In August, the LGBT website Pink News published a story with the headline “People think Prince George looks fabulous in this new photo,” with people on Twitter calling him a gay icon.
Many found the article offensive and said children should not be sexualized in any way.
The royal family has not responded to Holdsworth’s comments. However, Harry and Markle made an official appearance together on Friday in Nottingham, England, to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS and youth violence.