Australia: John Howard calls for laws to protect those ‘tangentially affected’ by same-sex marriage

Jun 27, 2016 by

by Paul Karp, Guardian: John Howard has called for conscientious objectors to same-sex marriage to be given legal protection, drawing attention to the prospect the Coalition could legislate to allow people to refuse to provide goods and services to gay weddings. Howard said the “overwhelming majority” of Liberal MPs would vote in favour of same-sex marriage if that was the result of the plebiscite, even if their personal view was against it. Malcolm Turnbull confirmed on Friday MPs would be...

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Gay marriage and a bitter Brexit divorce

Jun 27, 2016 by

by Dominic Lawson, Mailonline: Margaret Thatcher’s official biographer, Charles Moore, has produced a dismissive epitaph for the Prime Minister’s political legacy.  As a result of losing last week’s EU referendum, says Moore, David Cameron ‘has to be content with little more than gay marriage as his legacy’. In fact these apparently unrelated matters are inextricably linked.  I would go further: if it were not for David Cameron’s decision to legalise marriage between people of the same...

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Same Sex Marriage – where are we now in the Scottish Episcopal Church

Jun 26, 2016 by

by David Chillingworth: I felt that many people on all sides of the debate went home from our General Synod with some contentment about what we had done. Some came up to me quietly at the end to say that they appreciated the way in which the process had been shaped. My own words of appreciation were about the tone and mood of General Synod – and in particular the graciousness of those who believed that conscience and more meant that they had to vote against the proposed canonical change in...

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Australia’s PM under pressure over same-sex plebiscite

Jun 25, 2016 by

By Belinda Merhab, News.com.au: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is under increasing pressure over his proposed same-sex marriage plebiscite as he faces comparisons with his defeated British counterpart in the wake of the Brexit vote. Thousands of marriage equality protesters took to the streets in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney on Saturday calling for the proposed plebiscite to be dumped. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten drew comparisons between Mr Turnbull and British Prime Minister David...

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Alleged gay marriage ceremony under investigation

Jun 24, 2016 by

by George Conger, Anglican Ink: The Diocese of Lincoln is investigating a clergyman for solemnizing a same-sex wedding at a private hotel. On 30 April 216, the unnamed priest presided at the wedding of two men at Fanhams Hall in Ware in the jurisdiction of the Diocese of St Albans. A St Albans spokesman told AI the Diocese of Lincoln was investigating the affair as the priest was canonically resident in that diocese. The Diocese of Lincoln told AI they would not able to comment on the affair...

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Church of England split over gay marriage may be unavoidable, admits Welby’s chief of staff

Jun 17, 2016 by

by Harry Farley, Christian Today: A split over gay marriage in the Church of England may be unavoidable, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s chief of staff admitted on Friday, despite desperate behind-the-scenes discussions to reconcile opposing factions. The Church’s governing body will enter into secret talks next month in an effort to “change the tone of the debate” over teaching on same-sex relationships. But David Porter, who also heads up the discussions known as...

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