The Very Reverend Kelvin Holdsworth, a senior member of the Episcopal clergy in Scotland, is being criticized for writing a blog post encouraging people to vote for Prince George to be gay. He says that he hopes the 4 year-old son of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge will "be blessed one day with the love of a fine young gentleman."
The Scottish Episcopal Church has voted to allow gay marriage while the Anglican churches in England and Wales have not, so Holdsworth thinks this will be a way to get what he thinks is right, writing:
A royal wedding might sort things out remarkably easily though we might have to wait 25 years for that to happen. Who knows whether that might be sooner than things might work out by other means?
His Bishop, the Right Reverend Doctor Gregor Duncan, Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway said that these were Holdsworth's personal views: "They do not represent an official view of the Scottish Episcopal Church nor are they ones with which I would concur. I will be discussing this matter with Provost Holdsworth."
Gavin Ashenden, a former chaplain to the Queen and a Christian Episcopal Church missionary bishop, told the BBC:
"It doesn't have the prince's best interests at heart, but uses him as a gender-political football to please 1.7% of the population.
"What is especially odd and incongruous is the fact that it is suddenly OK to pray for someone to be gay, but totally unacceptable to pray for them to be free from being gay and to resume a sexuality that was in tune with their biology."