Southern African synod to consider blessing same-sex civil unions

Aug 18, 2016 by

by Gavin Drake, ACNS: The Anglican Church in Southern Africa is to consider blessing same-sex civil unions when its provincial synod meets next month. But the motion, proposed by the Diocese of Saldanha Bay, would not permit clergy to solemnise same-sex marriages. The motion says that clergy should be “especially prepared for a ministry of pastoral care for those identifying as LGBTI” but that “any cleric unwilling to engage in such envisioned pastoral care shall not be obliged to do so” “The...

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Muslims Demand Polygamy In Response To Same Sex Unions

Aug 10, 2016 by

by Virginia Hale, Breitbart: Following the introduction of civil partnerships, Muslim representatives in Italy are now demanding the legalisation of polygamy. Responding to a new law allowing same sex couples to enter civil unions, Hamza Piccardo argued that if gay relationships, which Muslims disagree with, are a civil right then Italians must accept polygamy as a civil right too. The founder of the Union of Islamic Communities and Organisations (UCOII) in Italy took to Facebook to claim...

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Isle of Man law opens door to heterosexual civil partnerships

Aug 2, 2016 by

by John Bingham, Telegraph: Heterosexual couples can form civil partnerships as an alternative to traditional marriage in the British Isles for the first time after a change in the law on the Isle of Man. New legislation which has just come into force on the Island – a crown dependency separate from but closely tied to the UK – will create new pressure in mainland Britain for straight couples to be allowed to form legally recognised partnerships. But it also creates a new legal...

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A response to the Pastoral letter from the Bishops of the Church in Wales

Apr 19, 2016 by

by Martin Davie: The Bishops of the Church in Wales have now issued a ‘Pastoral Letter….to all the faithful concerning gay and lesbian Christians’ accompanied by two sets of prayers ‘that may be said with a couple following the Celebration of a Civil Partnership or Civil Marriage.’ What should we make of this letter from a theological perspective? First, the reasons the bishops give for not changing the teaching of the Church in Wales in relation to marriage or permitting ‘the celebration of...

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Why the Queen believed gay marriage shouldn’t be allowed

Mar 7, 2016 by

By Richard Kay and Geoffrey Levy, Mailonline: The Queen did not approve of the legalisation of same-sex marriage, the Daily Mail can reveal today. While in favour of civil partnerships, as a woman of deep Christian faith she took a different view on the legislation allowing same-sex couples to ‘marry’. She expressed her frustration to a friend at the height of the controversy, but admitted she was powerless to intervene, saying: ‘I can only advise and warn.’ The friend said: ‘It was the...

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Unequal Marriage: Either Apply Civil Partnerships Equally or Scrap Them

Feb 5, 2016 by

By Harry Benson, The Marriage Foundation: At the end of last week, a heterosexual couple claimed in the high court that their exclusion from civil partnership was discriminatory. Gay couples who want to legalise their commitment to one another can do it in one of two ways: either through civil partnership or through marriage. Heterosexual couples, on the other hand, have only one choice: marriage. In an age of equality, this doesn’t seem fair, the couple argued. Because of the historical...

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