Chaplain accuses Church of England of homophobia

Jul 9, 2014 by

by Haroon Siddique, Guardian: The first British clergyman to enter a gay marriage has accused the Church of England of homophobia and said that he is considering legal action after it blocked his attempt to take up a new post in a move he says is intended to stop others following in his footsteps. Canon Jeremy Pemberton, a hospital chaplain in Lincoln, married his partner Laurence Cunnington in April in defiance of guidance from Church of England bishops that it was at variance with Anglican...

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United Reformed Church fails to agree on gay weddings

Jul 7, 2014 by

From BBC News: The United Reformed Church has failed to reach agreement on becoming the largest Church in the UK to hold same-sex weddings. Its General Assembly, which met in Cardiff, failed to persuade some delegates to drop their opposition to proposals on same-sex marriage. General secretary the Rev John Proctor said a “clear majority” was in favour, but the Church needed “full consensus”. The Church allows civil partnership ceremonies within its buildings. But...

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United Reformed Church in gay weddings decision

Jul 6, 2014 by

From BBC News: The United Reformed Church could become the first mainstream church in the UK to hold same-sex weddings. It already allows civil partnership ceremonies within its buildings. Now its general assembly, being held in Cardiff, is trying to persuade delegates blocking proposals on same-sex marriages to drop their opposition. Gay marriage became legal in England and Wales earlier this year but religious organisations have to “opt in” to offering weddings. The Church of...

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Redefining marriage rejected in Finland for second time

Jul 5, 2014 by

From The Christian Institute: Same-sex marriage has been rejected in Finland for the second time in less than two years. The legal affairs committee rejected the same-sex marriage Bill by 10 votes to 6, compared to a 9-8 vote by the same committee in March 2013. Finnish MP Peter Östman, of the Christian Democratic Party, voted against the Bill. He said: “We want to preserve the current marriage laws, which define marriage as between a man and a woman.” The whole Finnish Parliament is expected...

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Methodist Church accepts gay marriage

Jul 5, 2014 by

The Conference of the Methodist Church UK 2014 has voted to accept gay married members, lay and ordained. It has deferred a decision on whether to opt in on conducting and blessing gay weddings for two years.This was the motion adopted:(40/6) The Conference resolves that, whilst recognising that the 1993 Resolutions on Human Sexuality would still apply to all relationships, the ruling regarding those entering civil partnerships, namely that there is no reason per se to prevent anyone within...

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Ryan Anderson debates gay marriage with Piers Morgan

Jul 5, 2014 by

Another chance to watch this video from last May in which Ryan Anderson of the Heritage Foundation holds his ground against a hostile Piers Morgan and liberal studio audience.  Note how sycophantic Morgan is towards his lesbian guest, American business woman Suze Orman, who had the temerity to call Ryan Anderson ‘ignorant’.

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