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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Civil Partnership: While Rome burns!

Jun 30, 2014 by

By Dave Percival, 2-in-2-1: It is with a wry smile that I write this morning that after consultation the government has decided to do nothing – seems rather apt in a way! I speak of course about the course of (in)action decided upon with respect to the consultation on civil partnership. It really is a wonderful muddle, and clearly the cost, or effort, to sort it out is just too much. First we were offered (or rather forced to accept) Equal Marriage – principally on the grounds that it was...

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Date set for option to convert civil unions to gay marriages

Jun 27, 2014 by

From BBC News Gay people who are currently in civil partnerships will be able to convert their relationships to marriages from 10 December, the government has said. Writing in Pink News, Equalities Minister Sajid Javid said people had been “clamouring” for the move since gay marriage became possible in March. Since first announcing its support for gay marriage, the government has always said it planned to bring in the move. But Labour questioned why it was still six months from...

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