Southeast Asian Anglicans cut ties with US Church over gay bishop

The Anglican Church in Southeast Asia has suspended ties with its US counterpart over the consecration of an openly gay bishop last month.

A Church statement issued in Kuala Lumpur says its counterpart would no longer be seen as brothers and sisters in Christ, until it repents its action and return to embrace what it called, "Biblical truths."

The statement from the office of the Anglican Primate of Southeast Asia, Archbishop Yong Ping Chung, said the appointment of the gay Bishop was "a flagrant disregard of the fundamental teachings of the Bible and doctrines of the Church."

It added that same sex unions were against the course of nature and an abomination to God.

The southeast Asian Anglican church includes Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Brunei, Laos and Nepal.