Religious venues to be used for converting Civil Partnerships to gay marriages

Oct 17, 2014 by

by Donna Rachel Edmunds, Breitbart: The government has altered plans to allow gay couples to convert their civil partnerships to marriages, by allowing the conversion ceremony to take place at a range of venues including churches, synagogues, meeting houses, hotels and other registered venues. Previously, the plans only included provision to convert the status of the partnership at a registry office. In order to avoid the “quadruple lock” put in place to appease religious opponents of gay...

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Religious venues to be allowed for civil partnership conversions

Oct 15, 2014 by

By Joseph Patrick McCormick, Pink News: The government will soon announce plans for civil partnership conversion in England and Wales, which will still take place later this year, and now include the provision to allow a conversion ceremony to take place with a registrar at venues other than register offices including churches, synagogues, meeting houses and other registered venues. Some couples already in civil partnerships were upset earlier this year as the original announcement by then...

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Gay rector faces backlash in pews over ‘wedding’ plans

Sep 16, 2014 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph: An Anglican clergyman is facing opposition from parishioners over a service in his local church to bless his same-sex civil partnership. The Rev Dominic McClean, the Rector of 13 parishes around the village of Market Bosworth in Leicestershire, invited parishioners to the special service this weekend to mark his civil union with his partner, Tony Hodges. The service, taking place in the 14th Century St Peter’s Church in Market Bosworth on Saturday next week was...

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‘No hidden agenda’ behind sexuality conversations

Sep 16, 2014 by

By Madeleine Davies, Church Times: THERE is no “hidden agenda” behind the shared conversations on sexuality that begin this week, the Church of England’s Director of Mission and Public Affairs said on Monday. In a recording published on the Church of England website, Dr Malcolm Brown spoke of a desire to ensure that “some of the fears that are not certainly intended to be substantiated are dispelled. There’s a lot of anxiety around about what may lie behind these...

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‘It is not a gay wedding’ – unholy row erupts over parish priest’s civil par...

Sep 15, 2014 by

By A Troughton, Leicester Mercury: An unholy row has erupted after a parish priest announced that a ceremony to mark his civil partnership is to be staged at his church. A local parishioner has said that the service to celebrate the partnership between the Reverend Dominic McClean and his male partner at St Peter’s Church in Market Bosworth amounts to a “gay wedding”. The Rev McClean, who is the priest in charge (team rector) of the Market Bosworth benefice and is based at St Peter’s where he...

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Two important judgments on ‘religious freedom’ – and why I object to both of them

Jul 4, 2014 by

By J C von Krempach, JD, Turtle Bay & Beyond: In the last week judges in the US and Europe have issued two very important judgment on religious freedom. One is the US Supreme Court’s judgment in the “Hobby Lobby” case, which upheld the right of a Christian company to not pay, as part of the so-called “Obamacare” health insurance system, for his employees’ contraceptive drugs which he deemed to be abortifacient, and thus not in line with his religious convictions. According to this...

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