Since the s, the Anglican Communion has struggled with controversy regarding homosexuality in the church. In , the 13th Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops passed a resolution "rejecting homosexual practice as incompatible with Scripture". The Episcopal Church in the U. In , the Diocese of New Westminster , in the Anglican Church of Canada , permitted the blessing of same-sex unions. In , two openly gay men in England and the United States became candidates for bishop. In the Church of England , Jeffrey John eventually succumbed to pressure to withdraw his name from consideration to be the Bishop of Reading.