The bishop of Grantham revealed in The Guardian that he is gay on Saturday because he believed the information was going to be revealed by a Sunday newspaper.
He is the first serving Church of England bishop to reveal publicly that he is gay and in a relationship.
Nicholas Chamberlain told The Guardian: “It was not my decision to make a big thing about coming out.
“People know I’m gay, but it’s not the first thing I’d say to anyone. Sexuality is part of who I am, but it’s my ministry that I want to focus on.”
The Sunday Times yesterday published a letter in which 14 Church of England clergy revealed they have married their gay partners in defiance of a church rules.
One of those signing the letter said he believed there were ten other serving bishops who were gay, in addition to Chamberlain.