Gay marriage has been passed through parliament in the U.K.!
Thank you for all your prayers!
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Thank you for all your prayers!
There is going to be a free vote tomorrow on whether civil partnerships will be upgraded to marriage for LGBT couples in the U.K.
While weddings in churches (aside from Unitarian and Quaker) will be off the cards for a while this is a big step forward to full equality!
Prayers for wisdom, for thought and for open mindedness for those voting in Parliament tomorrow! And prayer for those of us here to accept the outcome, whatever it may be.
I can’t explain how much I hope my state of Illinois passes Gay Marriage. This is a good sign. We are ready, now let’s get it done.
(Merry Christmas Eve everyone :) )
And I am sorry to say that he is anti-equality.
As some of you know, my ultimate hope is that GCI grows to rival the size of GCN as an organization and become a physically present body and not just a blog. So I have undertaken the responsibility of contacting pastors within my region and seeing what I can give to the next editor in the form of advice and organization influence and maybe even finances. So far I have only spoken to my Church (SDFC) on Nazarenes for Equality and the Presbyterian church I mentioned before. But as you can imagine the going is slow, but not unworkable.
But back to my discussion regarding the Presbyterian pastor.
He does come from a very conservative generation and when I spoke to him, he didn’t seem to have ever truly encountered an opposing argument (he has met Mel White and knows of More Light Presbyterians, however) that was well formed. When I spoke with him, did not seem to be able to retort to most of my points. Instead, he occasionally resorted to conjecture or simply did not have a counter-argument.
Considering that he attended Seminary in the 70’s, it is not suprising this is the case.
But he was very loving and civilized no less, and I do pray that I helped plant the seeds of understanding with him from our discussion!
Rate of straight couples divorcing: high.
Rate of gay couples divorcing: rock bottom.
Rate of gay marriages performed in America: insufficiently low.
Celebrity divorce: high.
Gay celebrity divorce: have you even seen Ellen & Portia, and David & Neil though? They’re in for the long haul clearly.
This is the latest on the civil union to gay marriage debate in the U.K.
Cardinal Keith O’Brien as far as I am aware was the first to speak out against the suggestion that the U.K’s civil partnerships be upgraded to Civil marriages. It was the first of a wave of anti-gay religious propaganda. The most notable of them was the Evangelical Alliance’s “Coalition for Marriage”. I have walked into several churches to see their “One Man, One Woman” posters. I had to walk past one in my local evangelical church when I went up for communion. Even my father who is a vicar received one in the most. I watched as he ripped it up and threw it in the bin. If only the Church knew how much it hurt me and other LGBTQ Christians when they petition against the right for our relationships to be seen as equal in the law, that by doing that they do not see our love as equal to theirs. Is it any surprise the majority of my LGBTQ friends thought I was mad when I told them I was on a Theology course and feel called to be a priest? I love the Church and I love my God. I know my God loves me but sometimes I’m not so sure that the Church does.