A Church of Ireland clergyman, who worked for gay rights within the Anglican church, has died at the age of 65.
Rev Mervyn Kingston was a co-founder of Changing Attitude Ireland, an organisation that works for what it calls the “full inclusion” of gay people within the Anglican church.
The group said on its website that Rev Kingston had “died peacefully at home in north Down, on Friday 2nd August, 2013, after a long battle with cancer”.
The statement added: “Mervyn is survived by his partner and CAI co-founder, Richard O’Leary. Requiescat in pace.”
Rev Kingston, who was born in east Belfast and educated at Grosvenor Grammar School, was rector of Creggan, Ballymascanlon and Rathcor, parishes in Louth and Armagh, prior to his retirement in 2007.
Meanwhile, supporters of same-sex marriage took to the streets of Dublin yesterday to demand that the Irish government enact legislation for civil marriage. The Republic currently facilitates civil partnership for gay couples. The march also called on Irish ministers to protest against a controversial Russian law which bans the promotion of homosexuality.