When Ade's aunt learned he was gay, the then year-old Nigerian was made to go through an exorcism to expel "the demon of homosexuality". I had to kneel down, holding candles in my hands," recalls Ade, now 25, as he sits in a cafe in Lagos. He does not wish to reveal his full name. Come out! In a country where homosexuality is punishable by up to 14 years in prison, it is no surprise that many of Ade's friends — those who, like him, are both gay and religious — stay away from church altogether for fear of being outed.
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Since the s, the Anglican Communion has struggled with controversy regarding homosexuality in the church. In , the 13th Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops passed a resolution "rejecting homosexual practice as incompatible with Scripture". The Episcopal Church in the U. In , the Diocese of New Westminster , in the Anglican Church of Canada , permitted the blessing of same-sex unions.
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