Australian Liberals set to decide on gay marriage conscience vote

Nov 25, 2014 by

By Patricia Karvelas, The Australian: THE Coalition partyroom will be forced to consider changing its position on gay marriage and allow a conscience vote after Liberal Democratic Party Senator David Leyonhjelm introduces a bill putting the issue squarely on the national agenda. The bill to be introduced tomorrow means the Liberal party room will soon decide whether to allow their members a conscience vote, fulfilling an election promise of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s to leave it up to the...

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‘Parties treat gay marriage opponents as morally inferior’

Nov 25, 2014 by

From The Christian Institute: David Cameron’s ‘casual imposition’ of gay marriage “insulted settled beliefs”, and “wounded him politically”, a former editor of The Daily Telegraph has said. Writing for the paper, Charles Moore commented that the main political parties treat opponents of same-sex marriage as “moral inferiors”. He criticised the assumption in parts of the Western world that those who disagree with redefining marriage are “bigots” and should be “virtually disqualified from public...

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Gay marriage in church? Taking apart the arguments

Nov 20, 2014 by

By M B Davie: Editor’s note: This is more than a review of Bishop Alan’s book, it is a step by step dismantling of all his arguments for recognition and blessing of same sex relationships by the church. It is long, but will prove an important resource. A review of Alan Wilson More Perfect Union. Introduction The Bishop of Buckingham, Alan Wilson, has become known as the bishop who has broken ranks with the official policy of the Church of England by arguing that there should be...

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Nicolas Sarkozy calls for repeal of France’s same-sex marriage law

Nov 16, 2014 by

From The Guardian: The former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has told supporters that the country’s same-sex marriage law should be scrapped. Sarkozy, who is campaigning to lead the opposition centre-right UMP party and isexpected to run again for president in 2017, was speaking at a debate organised by the conservative Common Sense (Sens Commun) group on Saturday. Referring to the “mariage pour tous” or “marriage for all” legislation passed by France’s Socialist government last year, he...

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North Carolina judges resign over same-sex marriage

Nov 7, 2014 by

From The Christian Institute: At least six judges in North Carolina have stepped down from their positions saying that conducting same-sex wedding ceremonies would contravene their religious beliefs. The judges, who are all professing Christians, resigned after the introduction of new laws which require magistrates to marry same-sex couples. Same-sex marriage was legalised in North Carolina after the US Supreme Court cleared the path for the practice to become legal in more states. ’Violation’...

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Finally, a judge votes for democracy

Nov 7, 2014 by

by Michael Cook, MercatorNet: Same-sex marriage is headed for the US Supreme Court. Justice Ruth Ginsberg is reported to have said that the Court would be in no rush to decide the issue unless there was a clear division among the courts of appeals. Now there is. In a two to one decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati yesterday overturned lower-court rulings in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee which had declared that bans on same-sex marriage violated the...

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