Church of England members back same-sex marriage

Jan 29, 2016 by

By Harriet Sherwood, Guardian: Attitudes to same-sex marriage within the pews of the Church of England are sharply at odds with the stance of its leadership, as for the first time more Anglicans are in favour of gay and lesbian couples marrying than oppose it, according to a poll. Support for same-sex marriage among church members has significantly increased over the past three years despite the leadership’s insistence that marriage can only be between a man and a woman, and its refusal to...

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Gibraltar’s religious leaders speak out on same-sex marriage

Jan 22, 2016 by

From the Gibraltar Chronicle: Gibraltar’s Christian denominations and the Jewish community have spoken out against same sex marriage, arguing that proposals to amend the law are driven by political correctness that threatens to “destroy the very fabric” of Gibraltarian society. The message was set out in a statement issued jointly by the Roman Catholic Church in Gibraltar, the Church of England in Gibraltar, the Church of Scotland in Gibraltar, the Gibraltar Methodist Church and the Jewish...

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700 German churches vote to marry same sex couples

Jan 21, 2016 by

by Stephanie Gerdes, Gaystar News A group of Lutherans controlling 719 parishes in west Germany have said they will start marrying gay and lesbian couples. The Lutheran Church in the Rhineland, Germany’s second-biggest territorial church, voted on the decision during their synod today (15 January). It is also the second territorial church area out of 20 to open marriage ceremonies to all couples; the Lutheran Church of Hesse-Nassau was first to adopt a similar change in church constitution....

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Equal marriage is the next stage in the church’s continual reformation

Jan 15, 2016 by

By Giles Fraser, Guardian: It matters little what the primates of the Anglican communion decide. The movement towards marriage equality is inexorable Earlier today, two members of the Church of England, John and John – one of them an Egyptologist, one a care home manager – got married in a church in the heart of the City of London. They entered a civil partnership some years ago but, in accordance with the state’s silly rules, weren’t allowed to mention God on that occasion. Instead of...

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Gay couples shunning marriage: Only one in eight who are in a civil partnership have gone on to wed

Jan 14, 2016 by

by Steve Doughty, Mailonline: Gay couples have not greeted same-sex marriage as an important breakthrough, Oxford research suggests. It said that same-sex marriage, hailed by David Cameron as one of his proudest achievements, has had much less impact than the introduction of civil partnerships a decade earlier. Researcher John Haskey said that numbers of people who chose same-sex weddings after March 2014, when same-sex marriage was first introduced, have shown a ‘slow start’. He said: ‘It was...

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Cape Town archbishop responds to Tutu gay wedding news

Jan 7, 2016 by

By George Conger, Anglican Ink: The Anglican Church of Southern Africa will review the circumstances surrounding the same-sex marriage of the Rev. Canon Mpho Tutu and Prof. Marceline van Furth last week, but will do so according to the canons of the church — not pressure from the media — Archbishop Thabo Makoba told Anglican Ink today. On 30 Dec 2015 the youngest daughter of former Cape Town archbishop and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Desmond Tutu, announced that she had married...

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