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UK: One Third of Church of England Bishops Gay?

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

England ChurchAn Anglican with the Church of England claims a huge percentage of the church’s Bishops are gay.

Queerty reports:

Same-sex marriage is set to kick into gear on March 29th in England and Wales, and it’s stirring conversation on both sides of the issue. Religious leaders are for the most part doing what they do best — staunchly opposing progress. But it looks like the Church of England may be even more hypocritical than usual when it comes to gays tying the knot. According to one Anglican clergyman’s account on The Daily Beast, at least 14 of the church’s 42 Bishops — one third — are gay, though none have publicly come out.

Wow. I’d love to see the same statistics for the Catholic hierarchy!

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Australia: Western Australian Anglicans Back Civil Unions

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Australia MapThe Anglican Church in Western Australia just voted to support civil unions for same sex couples.

Gay Star News reports:

The Synod of the Anglican Church of Western Australia has passed a motion saying that gay civil unions can co-exist with heterosexual marriages – backing same-sex couples having their relationships legally recognized. Rector of Darlington-Bellevue Anglican parish, the Reverend Chris Bedding told ABC News he had not been confident that his motion would pass but it was backed by more than the two-thirds majority needed for it to pass.

Yes, it’s only civil unions. But OTOH, it’s a religious organization saying yes to the recognition of same sex relationships. Big deal or not?

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Churches in New Zealand, USA Consider Marrying Same-Sex Couples

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Gay Wedding RingsSeveral churches are considering allowing their priests to marry same-sex couples.In New Zealand, the Anglican Church may allow the practice by 2016, according to one Reverend.

Gay Star News reports:

St Matthew’s in the City’s the Reverend Clay Nelson says he expects a majority of Anglicans in New Zealand will support same-sex couples being allowed to marry in their churches by 2016. He made the comments to after a motion at a meeting of the Anglican Synod backing same-sex marriage was barely defeated. ‘I do believe it will eventually pass, I hope no later than 2016,’ Rev. Nelson said.

In the US, a United Methodist Tribunal is considering the same issue.

Gay Star News reports:

The United Methodist Judicial Council will decide late October if its clergy and local church regions can hold different opinions on the issues of homosexuality and marriage and will also decide the fate of four priests who have been charged with marrying same-sex couples. A 1972 rule in the United Methodist Church’s internal law book states, ‘The UMC does not condone the practice of homosexuality and considers this practice incompatible with Christian teaching,’ and bars its clergy from officiating same-sex marriages but many United Methodist churches have been doing so anyway.

What started with small groups of supportive clergy is now making its way into the mainstream of these church organizations. And that’s a good thing.

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UK: Head of Anglican Church Admits Position Against Marriage Equality Seen As “Wicked”

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Anglican Archbishop Justin WelbyWhile he stopped far short of endorsing marriage equality, Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby acknowledged that he understands young people do not share his views on marriage.

Gay Star News reports:

‘If the same thing happened again I would vote the same way as I did then but I am continuing to think and listen very carefully as to how in our society today we respond to what is the most rapid cultural change in this area than there has been for a very long time. We have seen changes in the idea about sexuality, sexual behaviour. We have to face the fact that the vast majority of people under 35 not only think that what we’re saying is incomprehensible but also think that we’re plain wrong and wicked and equate it to racism and other forms of gross and atrocious injustice. We have to be real about that.’

Maybe there’s room here for an eventual change of heart?

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New Zealand: New Anglican Archbishop – OK For Church and State to Disagree on Marriage Equality

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Anglican Archbishop Philip Richardson - New ZealandThe new Anglican Archbishop in New Zealand, Philip Richardson, is taking a hands-off approach to the whole gay marriage thing. Gay Star News reports:

The newly elected Anglican Archbishop of New Zealand says that it is too early to say what official stance his church will have on same-sex marriage – but he personally believes that governments have the right to decide whether same-sex couples should be allowed to enter into civil marriages.

What a refreshing attitude to hear from a church leader. We’ve been saying for years, maybe decades, that what we want is the right to civil marriage – and the rights and responsibilities that come with it.

If churches want to marry gay and lesbian couples, let them. But why would anyone want to get married in a place that they’re not welcomed?

Let’s hope this kind of thinking spreads.

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Alberta, Canada: Anglican Church OK’s Same Sex Union Blessings

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Neil Gordon understands the comfort some people feel in having their civil union blessed by a church.

An Anglican priest who was married by a justice of the peace 25 years ago, Gordon was thrilled to have Kent Clarke, the Archbishop of Edmonton, say a simple prayer for him and his Jewish wife at their wedding dinner.

“I can’t tell you how much it meant to me,” Gordon, the rector of All Saints’ Cathedral and dean of Edmonton, said. “It told me the church was pulling for us. It was a wonderful gift.”

Authored By Marty Klinkenberg – See the Full Story at the Edmonton Journal

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Nigeria: New Anglican Primate: Gays Not Welcome in Transformation Effort

Friday, March 26th, 2010

New Primate of the Anglican Church, Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, has restated the position of the Anglican Communion in Nigeria against the practice of gay marriage in the church. This followed a call by Acting President Goodluck Jonathan on religious leaders in the country to collaborate with the Federal Government in transforming the country.

Jonathan was the special guest at the formal handing over of the reign of office to Archbishop Okoh by outgoing Archbishop Peter Akinola, on Thursday at the Cathedral of the Advent Church in Abuja. In his short speech, the Acting President called on the church to shun corruption and discourage social vices. According Jonathan, “As a nation, we are challenged. Over the periods, we have failed to do what we should have done and we have done those things we should not have done. We know our problems. We want religious leaders to join us in solving the problems. We promise to do our best and we are totally committed to transforming this country.”

Okoh, who is also the chairman of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission, while delivering the sermon of the day, said, “We do not approve of a homosexual lifestyle and same-sex marriages. Some want us to see it as a normal alternative lifestyle to marriage between male and female. We are saying we are sorry, we cannot accept this in the church.”

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