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Norway: Church of Norway Won’t Allow Priests to Marry Gay Couples

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

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The Church of Norway decided not to take a step forward this week.

Pink News reports:

The Church of Norway has voted not to allow same-sex couples to be married by its priests in a close run vote. Proposals to introduce a marriage liturgy for gay couples were voted down at the start of the Church’s national synod on Tuesday morning, with 64 of 115 votes against and 51 in favour. “We are disappointed, but it’s OK to be disappointed sometimes, ” Bard Nylund, the leader of Norway’s national association for gay, bisexual and transgender people, told Norway’s VG newspaper. “We want to make it clear that we are happy that there is a struggle, and that so many in the Church are willing to stand up and be counted.”

It was a close vote, and times are changing quickly. Maybe the next time the Church will move forward.

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Brazil: Human Rights Committee Stomps on Human Rights of Gays and Lesbians

Friday, October 18th, 2013

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Brazil has made a mockery of its human rights commission, by putting in the hands of a right-wing pastor.

Gay Star News reports:

Brazil’s Congressional Commission on Human Rights and Minorities (CCHRM) has approved an amendment that would protect ‘priests [from] being penalized if they refuse to carry out marriages, baptisms and other ceremonies between homosexuals or their children.’ If adopted by lawmakers the measure would allow churches to exclude those who ‘violate its values, doctrines and beliefs,’ potentially shutting them out of their faith communities. Brazil’s right-wing Social Christian Party has managed to dominate the CCHRM and in March used their numbers to elect racist and homophobic pastor and lawmaker Marco Feliciano to head the commission, allowing them to produce these kinds of amendments.

So the commission that supposed to be protecting the rights of minorities is instead using the powers of the law to go after the same groups, in the name of Christianity. Nice.

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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: Marriage Equality a Bigger Threat Than Reformation, Catholic Priests Say

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Marriage Equality a Bigger Threat Than Reformation, UK Catholic Priests SayWho should be more offended here, gays or protestants? 1,054 Catholic priests, 13 Bishops and assorted Catholic abbots have signed a massive open letter claiming that legalizing marriage equality in England is a greater threat to religious freedom in general, and Catholicism specifically, since the Reformation, the 16th Century split that led to the rise of Protestantism.

Here’s a sample of the letter, via The Daily Mail:

After centuries of persecution, Catholics have, in recent times, been able to be members of the professions and participate fully in the life of this country.

Legislation for same-sex marriage, should it be enacted, will have many legal consequences, severely restricting the ability of Catholics to teach the truth about marriage in their schools, charitable institutions or places of worship.

Authored By Andrew Belonsky – See the Full Story at

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MA: Lesbian Episcopal Priests Marry

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Episcopalians here and across the country are already divided over whether to elect gay bishops and allow their priests to perform same-sex weddings. Now they have another issue to discuss: The marriage of two lesbians who are high-level Episcopal priests in Massachusetts.

In a wedding that appears to be the first of its kind in the U.S. – at least in the Episcopal Church – former Plymouth priest the Rev. Mally Lloyd married the Rev. Katherine Ragsdale, dean and president of the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, on New Year’s Day. The Rev. Lloyd, a former pastor at Christ Church in Plymouth, is now a ranking official of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.

The Rev. Lloyd and the Rev. Ragsdale were married in a ceremony at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston, with about 400 guests attending. Bishop M. Thomas Shaw, the state’s highest ranking Episcopal official, presided.

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