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Brave US church leads way in peace and tolerance: Gay marriages

 
Witness
07/05/2005 08:56 AM
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US Church backs same-sex marriage
Hillary and Julie Goodridge - lead plaintiffs in the landmark Massachusetts gay marriage lawsuit - are married in Boston
Massachusetts is currently the only state to allow same-sex marriages
The million-strong United Church of Christ (UCC) has become the first major US Christian denomination to come out in support of gay marriage.

The UCC´s general synod passed a resolution affirming "equal rights for couples regardless of gender".

The decision is not binding and will not require pastors to marry same-sex couples, though some already do.

Several other Churches have endorsed gay civil partnerships but have not given them the status of marriage.

The Episcopal Church (the US branch of the Anglican Communion) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church permit same-sex unions, while the Presbyterian Church is seeking to resolve severe disagreements over the issue.

US conservatives are seeking to amend the country´s constitution to ban same-sex marriage, which is currently legal only in the state of Massachusetts.

Vermont allows same-sex civil unions, giving gay couples the same benefits as married couples on matters such as life insurance, health care and child custody.

Neighbouring Canada´s lower house of parliament passed a law allowing gay marriages last week, which is expected to come into force in July.

´Courageous´

Around 80% of the UCC´s 884-member synod voted in favour of the resolution on Monday.

Rev John Thomas, the UCC president and general minister, noted the significance of passing the resolution on US Independence Day.

"On this July 4, the United Church of Christ has courageously acted to declare freedom, affirming marriage equality, affirming the civil rights of gay... couples to have their relationships recognised as marriages by the state, and encouraging our local churches celebrate those marriages," he said at a news conference after the vote.

UCC churches are autonomous, and the synod cannot dictate policy to individual congregations.

Nevertheless, opponents of the resolution said it could cause a split.

"I would like to see us stay in the denomination and network for positive change, said Rev Brett Brecker, who represents a conservative group in the Church.

"However, many of my members have expressed very clearly that this decision would cause great consternation and that, if this happened, they would want to see us leave."

The UCC, which is strong in New England, an area traditionally more tolerant of same-sex unions than other parts of the country, became the first major denomination to ordain an openly gay minister in the early 1970s.

It declared itself to be "open and affirming" of gays and lesbians 20 years ago.

The Church has almost 6,000 congregations and 1.3 million members.
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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NOW THAT MAN HAS FINALLY SEALED HIS COFFIN --
WATCH FOR THE HAND OF GOD.

THOU SHALT NOT MOCK HIM - AWAIT OUR PUNISHMENT!!

Thou shalt HATE THE SIN not the man.
pray that these poor "reprobates" repentworshipworshipworship
Witness
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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Oh, you mean we need to be bigotted facists in order to serve your fictional god then huh AC?

Oh well, that´s true christian love then.
impetigo
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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Brave isn´t exactly the word I would have chosen for this church.

It´s called the Church of do what makes you feel good and no one, even God, can tell us what´s right or wrong.

Welcome to Satan´s church.
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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soon to be follwed by the next fad, Gay Divorce.

Who knew with all their snide comments about us "breeders" that secretly they yearned to be just like us, only gay.
AC
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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they have torn out the 1 Chapter of Romans in the New Testament, and Leviticus in the Old Testament.

that way they can apply to their beliefs what is contained in their Bible.

In my Bible, God DOES NOT ordain homosexuality, and same sex marriages CANNOT be called "joined together by God"
idol harobed
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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Market.
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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"gay divorce"?

hasn´t that movie already been done? with "straight" actors?

i guess with all the snide comments that "breeders" make about "gays" shows they only WANT to be like "gays".


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Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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How thweat and pweshuss.

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von Doom
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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Hate is the new love preached at the pulpit.
AC
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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4082...nothing new about that. Hate has ALWAYS been preached from the pulpits...at least those who believe the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Apostolic instructions in the New Testament.

Hate for SIN, NOT THE SINNER.
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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I´m mot American and I´m not gay nut...I concurr. Good moveluv
DO THEY?
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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The million-strong United Church of Christ (UCC) has become the first major US Christian denomination to come out in support of gay marriage, and the latest synagogue of satan.
christine
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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in my bible god spoke about adam and eve man and woman he never said manand man now com on you lot im married i am a r-c- and i dont like the idea of gays getting married in our church becuuse we are been classes the same as they are and we are not we are father and mother of our children i think the word marrage is very seirous and if gays have to be together fair enough good luck to them they have the right to be happy but they do not have the right to use the word marrage look at spain now it ligel for them to get married also in 3 months any couple can get a dorvice but there you go it depends on the goverment you have i think they cant have it all their way enough is enough i think so no hard feelings he-
Believe me
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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Believe you me, straight people can KEEP the word "marriage" We wouldn´t want to corrupt it anymore for you. We´ll let you all keep cheating on each other, and killing your children and raping your daughters and murdering your wives.

ah.. Lovely Marriage! If you´re straight, you better be married by 25 and have kids! Why? -because your mind has been made up for you. It´s what your parents did and dang nabit you better do what the say! god forbid you have a mind of your own.

ps. guys who don´t give girls head are gay.
christine,
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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belive me you are so wrong when you are left with 7 brothers and sisters and your father at 11 years old to look after because your mother has died from cancer at the age of 37 and you have no one to turn to only the nuns because i have no other family to think only my brothers and sisters of course it makes me think it wrong for them to be married in the church you will see that i have made a lot of mistakes in my writing but there again i could not go to school because i had to look after others also it a pity they dont think about how many fathers are been ill treared and have children and are not allowed to see but there again the law they dont want to know do they i can talk about marrage because i am 34 years married and i am verry so what you are saying all are not the same there are good people all over this world my husband never touched me does that mean he is gay well hope he stays that way because i will never change him

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