Dozen gay clergy defy church over ban on marriage

Aug 21, 2016 by

by Nicholas Hellen, Sunday Times: A dozen Church of England clergy are to reveal that they have defied the Archbishop of Canterbury by marrying their gay partners. They will go public in an open letter in which they will also urge the church to permit blessings for same-sex weddings. Half of the signatories had already declared themselves to be in a same-sex marriage. Doubling the number threatens the fragile truce on an issue that has divided the church since same-sex marriages were allowed...

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Australia’s Turnbull government to delay same-sex marriage plebiscite until February

Aug 21, 2016 by

By Lynette Eyb and Goya Dmytryshchak, Sydney Morning Herald: The Turnbull government will push back the date of the proposed same-sex marriage plebiscite until February 2017, breaking a flagship pledge. The Prime Minister had said he wanted the vote to be held this year. However a spokesperson for Mr Turnbull told Fairfax Media that Special Minister of State, Scott Ryan,  received advice last week from the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) advising the government to push the vote back....

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Oh Canada! and Oh Scotland!

Aug 20, 2016 by

The campaign by a highly competent and organised global lobby group to change the teaching and practice of Anglican Churches about marriage continues apace. Evangelicals Now  September 2016 Chris Sugden In July the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada (ACoC) voted to allow its clergy to solemnise same sex marriage. The vote secured a two-thirds majority among the bishops and laity, but initially failed to secure a two-thirds majority among the clergy by one vote. After a recount, the...

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Italian Islamic leader wants legal recognition of polygamy

Aug 18, 2016 by

from Crux: Only months after Italy approved civil unions for lesbians and gays, a leader of the country’s Islamic community is using the move to argue for the civil recognition of polygamy. He also claimed that Pope Francis’ silence regarding his suggestion means that the pontiff has perhaps understood that it’s a “simple civil right” and a matter of equality. Hamza Piccardo is founder of the Union of Islamic Communities in Italy, an umbrella organization which represents most of Italy’s...

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African Anglicans will never accept gay marriage, vows senior Church leader

Aug 17, 2016 by

By Harry Farley, Christian Today: A senior Anglican leader has vowed African churches will never accept same-sex marriage as he accused the Western church of a quasi-racist attitude towards former colonies. Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon, Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, a global body representing Anglicans in more than 165 countries, claimed African churches “are already progressives” because they do not conform to liberal Western values. Instead they live in...

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Justice Roy Moore and Liberty Counsel

Aug 16, 2016 by

by Scott Lively, Defend the Family: I greatly admire courage in defense of Biblical values, and for that reason Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is one of the few Americans I believe are deserving of the designation “hero.” His faithfulness to Truth in standing against the United States Supreme Court is exemplary, and I urge you to read part of his legal opinion denying the court’s authority to impose “gay marriage’ on the nation through judicial fiat. The good...

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