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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Law suits and same-sex marriage

Sep 14, 2014 by

By Ian Paul, Psephizo: It has been announced that Jeremy Pemberton, the first clergyman in the Church of England to enter a same-sex marriage, is taking legal action against his bishop and the Archbishop of York. Canon Jeremy Pemberton, the first British clergyman to enter a same sex marriage, has confirmed that he has filed an Equality Act claim in the Employment Tribunal against the Archbishop of York and the acting Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham. The action is being brought because of...

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Heteros Biting Back

Sep 11, 2014 by

by Bill Muehlenberg: This is an absolute classic! I love it! It just makes my day. I could not have made any of this stuff up. Sweeeeet. So what’s it all about? Well, let me tell you: homosexual activists are fuming in New Zealand, because two males are about to get married. So?? Well, the happy couple happen to be heterosexual. And for that, the homosexual brigade is spitting chips and going absolutely nutzo. Yes you heard me right. Just when you thought all this madness could not get any...

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A deeply amoral defence of same-sex marriage

Sep 10, 2014 by

By Michael Cook, MercatorNet: Last week the US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a district-court ruling that had struck down same-sex marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin. Judge Richard Posner wrote the decision, a brilliant piece of rhetoric which was studded with sparkling one-liners and dripping with sarcasm. “Hero Federal Appeals Judge Burns Down the Case Against Gay Marriage” was the headline in Gawker, a widely-read website. “A masterpiece of wit and logic,” was the...

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