Dilemma! British-Nigerian gay priest to choose between boyfriend or Job

Nigerian born British priest, Rev Jide Macaulay, who is openly gay, faces a big dilemma with regards to his marriage and job.

Rev Macaulay is determined to remain a priest of the Church of England; however, he faces a big barrier as his decision to marry his gay partner could spell the end of his priesthood.

Having been raised in Nigeria by his father, a senior clergyman famous in the country for his ultra-conservative religious politics, Rev. Jide Macaulay cannot imagine a life outside Christianity.

He was taught theology and scripture by his father, before moving to Britain as a young man, where he was ordained into the Church of England at the age of 47, an experience he describes as “life-changing”.

But his time in the priesthood could be nearing its end. Macaulay, 53, has been openly gay since he joined the Church, and campaigns for the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people into the Anglican fold. Now, he has fallen in love with a man and is determined to get married, pushing him onto a warpath…

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