Bishops and senior clergy in the General Synod are considering a proposal to give gay couples the same financial benefits afforded to straight married couples.
Gay clergy may enter a civil partnership as long as they promise to remain celibate.
The benefits relate to pensions paid to surviving spouses of deceased clergy members.
Currently, gay spouses can only receive benefits depending on their partner’s length of service starting from 2004, the date civil partnerships legislation was brought in. Straight surviving spouses, on the other hand, can receive pension benefits based on their partner’s entire length of service.
A gay man has spoken out after being prevented from donating blood to his mother, who died from acute myeloid leukaemia in August last year.
Jane Hill, the main presenter on BBC News, the BBC's 24 hour news channel, has publicly revealed that she is gay.