Despite this some among the conservative wing of the church still fear the Bishops’ report does not send a clear enough message against gay marriage.Susie Leafe, a General Synod member and director of conservative Anglican group Reform, said: “Without a clear commitment to that I can see them having problems getting it through. I haven’t heard anyone saying positive things about the report. The main problem is that there are people from all sides of the debate who for very different reasons think the content of the report is deplorable.”Guidance issued by the House of Bishops in 2014 about gay relationships says “same sex relationships often embody genuine mutuality and fidelity”.But the guidance adds: “Getting married to someone of the same sex would, however, clearly be at variance with the teaching of the Church of England.”In particular, it says “It would not be appropriate conduct for someone in holy orders to enter into a same sex marriage.”The issue has long split both the church establishment and its lay members.Fourteen Church of England clergy in same-sex marriages last year called on bishops to do more to include gay people in the life of the Church.In an open letter they said they wanted to eventually see gay couples allowed to marry in Church.Some of the clergy signing the letter last September were revealing publicly for the first time that they were gay and married.Their letter came after Bishop Nicholas Chamberlain revealed he was gay and in a relationship, although he said understood and lived by the Church guidelines which say gay clergy must remain celibate.The subject of gay marriage has caused problems at the highest levels within the church, no more so than when the Dean of St Albans, the Very Reverend Jeffrey John entered into a civil partnership in 2006.He was twice tipped to become a bishop – at Reading in 2003, then at Southwark in 2010 – but was not appointed.On both occasions his sexuality was described as a “difficulty” for Church of England – despite the Dean’s assurance that he was committed to sexual abstinence.The Dean of Christ Church Oxford, the Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy, expressed the hope that General Synod would refuse to take note of the report. He said the report had “failed to really listen to the narratives of needs of the very people whose pain and alienation within the Church of England that it was purportedly addressing”. I haven’t heard anyone saying positive things about the report.Susie Leafe, General Synod member and director of Anglican group Reform Simon Sarmiento, chairman of the church’s LGBT Mission group The Anglican church is set for a renewed clash on the divisive question of gay marriage this week when its ruling body votes on a key report from the Bishops on same sex relationships.The Church of England synod, the governing body made up of Bishops, clergy and laity which decides on church law and policy, will vote on Wednesday whether to ‘take note’ – confirm – or reject the report confirming the status quo against gay marriage.Liberals within the church are hopeful the synod will reject advice from the Bishops’ to leave its policy against gay marriage unchanged.A vote by the synod in favour of same-sex marriage could eventually pave the way for a fundamental change in Anglican teaching.That could eventually see gay and lesbian couples allowed to marry in church – something more conservative elements have long resisted.Liberals in the synod have welcomed the prospect of a vote against the ban on same sex marriage.Simon Sarmiento, chairman of the church’s LGBT Mission group, said a synod vote against the Bishops’ report would represent an important first step forward for gay, lesbian and bi-sexual couples who wish to marry in church.“We would be pleased if the synod decided not to ‘take note’ of the Bishops’ report. It should make the bishops realise that what they’ve produced so far really is not satisfactory and it will give an impetus for a re-think on gay marriage,” he told The Sunday Telegraph. However, Mr Sarmiento warned that reform of the church’s teaching and rules would still take some time and described the process as a “long haul flight” rather than a “short hop”.A source said the Bishop’s report to the General Synod, which is meeting in London, will anger liberals by reaffirming the teaching of the Christian Church that marriage is between a man and a woman.They say any move to water down the church’s teaching on same sex marriage must be resisted. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.