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UK: Bishop Calls Church of England Hypocritical For Denying Blessings to Civil Unions

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

In the UK, the Bishop of Buckingham is bucking his new Archbishop, who recently reaffirmed the church’s position against marriage equality. Pink News reports:

The Bishop of Buckingham, the Right Reverend Dr Alan Wilson, has criticised the Church of England’s refusal to allow blessings for civil partnerships, and said that some parishes were ignoring the ban in order to avoid conflict. Saying that some within the church felt that blessing same-sex civil unions was “logical, natural and compassionate,” Dr Wilson, said the church was “too frightened… to engage with the real world.”

We’re still waiting for a vote on the bill in the House of Lords. But at least England hasn’t seen any huge rallies against the bill like the one in France today.

Scotland is also considering a marriage equality bill, and nearby, Ireland will convene a constitutional convention next month that could legalize gay marriage there.

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UK: Anglican Bishop Says Church Should Bless Same Sex Couples

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

UK ChurchOne of the Church of England’s senior bishops says the church needs to start blessing couples in same sex relationships. Gay Star News reports:

Liverpool Anglican Bishop James Jones has broken ranks with other senior Church of England clergy to call for blessing services to be offered to same-sex couples in civil partnerships. ‘Over the years I have shared with you my thinking about how the gospel of embrace may be felt by those who are gay,’ Jones said in an address to the Diocese of Liverpool Synod. ‘If the Church now recognizes civil partnerships to be a just response to the needs of gay people then surely the Church now has to ask the question whether or not it can deny the blessing of God to that which is just.’

The Church of England has been considerably less monolithic in its opposition ti marriage equality than the Catholic Church.

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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Philippines: “Blessings” Held in Lieu of Gay Weddings

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Surrounded by votive candles and flowers, the couple looked resplendent, both wearing Indian kurtas, holding a bouquet together, positively in love. It was the wedding night, in the garden of a friend’s home in a Manila suburb, of Terence Krishna Lopez and Edwin Quinsayas, a gay couple.

“This is the happiest night, ever,” Mr. Lopez said, beaming as friends gathered around and congratulated the two men. “We had to take what we have to the next level,” he said later, explaining why he and Mr. Quinsayas had arranged the ceremony, over which a friend officiated. “Why should heterosexual couples get all the fun?”

Across the Philippines, events like this – often referred to as “blessings” or “holy unions” – have become increasingly common as gays and lesbians try to assert their rights in this relatively tolerant, but still legally restrictive, predominantly Roman Catholic country.

Full Story from the NY Times

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Finland: Church Committee Says No Blessings for Gay/Lesbian Couples

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Finland ChurchA committee of Finland’s Evangelical Lutheran Church says pastors could pray on behalf of same-sex couples–but not offer them blessings comparable to traditional weddings. The committee presented its proposal at the church’s General Synod in Turku on Wednesday.

The committee backs the view that marriage is a union between a man and a woman.

The committee adds that pastors should be allowed to refuse to pray with same-sex couples. The proposal will function as the basis for the Synod’s discussion regarding homosexual couples on Thursday.

Full Story from YLE

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WV: Episcopal Churches Pass Resolution to Bless Gay Relationships

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

A resolution adopted during the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia’s annual convention supports allowing churches to bless same-sex relationships. “The Charleston Gazette” reports that the resolution asks West Virginia Bishop W. Michie Klusmeyer to allow such blessings in churches that want to provide them.

Klusmeyer will make the final decision. In a statement to the Gazette, Klusmeyer said Tuesday that the Episcopal Church is not a one issue church. He didn’t comment on the resolution.

The resolution was adopted this week by delegates to the 133rd annual diocesan convention.

Full Story from WHSV

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Group Gives $400K to Create Gay/Lesbian Liturgies for the Episcopal Church

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

A Michigan-based gay rights foundation has given more than $400,000 to a California seminary to help craft formal liturgies for the Episcopal Church to bless gay and lesbian relationships.

The Episcopal Church still officially considers marriage between a man and a woman, reflected in the marriage rite of its Book of Common Prayer. Many dioceses, however, unofficially allow priests to bless same-sex relationships and even marriages.

Because the church puts a high value on scripted liturgies, many same-sex couples want their own marriage/blessing rite since many bishops are reluctant to use the traditional husband-wife marriage liturgy for same-sex unions.

Full Story from Beliefnet

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Australia: Clergy to Defy Church, Bless Gay Couples

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Some Melbourne Uniting Church clergy will defy the national organisation’s opposition to blessing gay and lesbian relationships at a service for same-sex couples later this month.

The new Sacred Union Ceremony will take place on June 12 at Brunswick Uniting Church as part of the biennial Uniting Network Australia (UNA) conference of GLBT Uniting Church members.

Rev Leanne Jenski from South Australia’s Blackwood Uniting Church told Sydney Star Observer the ceremony was an important step to reignite discussion in the church about recognising same-sex relationships.

Full Story from SSO

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KY: Louisville Church Begins Blessing Same Sex Unions

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

A Louisville congregation has quietly become the first in the Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky to begin blessing same-sex relationships. St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church conducted its first such blessing late last year, for two male members of the congregation, after voting last April to approve such ceremonies.

The move, while not reflecting diocesan policy, is a milestone in one of the state’s denominations that generally has been the most accepting of gay members and ministers. But it also has complicated efforts to maintain unity, given that some churches and members oppose homosexuality.

The Rev. Lucinda Laird of St. Matthew’s stressed that the ceremony was not presented as a civil or sacramental wedding – since neither Kentucky nor the Episcopal Church recognizes same-sex marriages.

Full Story from the Courier-Journal

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