Posts Tagged ‘Gay marriage’

Pastor forfeited licence over gay marriage issue Comments 0

Friday, August 14th, 2015

The majority of the members of Pastor Michael Hewat West Hamilton Community Church were originally from the West Hamilton Anglican Parish on Rifle Range Rd. Hewat forfeited his licence 12 months ago, when he refused to submit to the church hierarchy in a move to allow gay marriage. When he left the church, his congregation, Read more

American Samoa still undecided on gay marriage Comments 0

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

American Samoa is the only U.S. territory to hold out against the recent Supreme Court ruling that legalised gay marriage. Legal observers and gay rights advocates are saying it should go into effect immediately. American Samoa Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale hasn’t been ready to take that step. “We’re still reviewing the decision to determine Read more

McCoskrie resigns as marriage celebrant Comments 0

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Bob McCoskrie says he’s not alone in resigning as a marriage celebrant over concerns about gay marriage, but other celebrants say they’re not aware of resignations over the issue. Mr McCoskrie, the Family First national director, has not renewed his licence as a celebrant because he rejects the state definition of marriage, he announced on Read more

US Cardinal Dolan says Catholic Church ‘caricatured as anti-gay’ Comments 0

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan said the Roman Catholic Church is losing the fight against gay marriage legislation because the Church has been “caricatured as anti-gay.” Dolan talked about gay marriage and the US Affordable Care Act with David Gregory on NBC’s “Meet the Press” in an interview. “Regardless of the church teachings, do you Read more

Protester at gay wedding expo in court over threats Comments 0

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

A protester  who is alleged to have smashed glasses and threatened people with a Maori patu  at a gay wedding expo appeared in court last Friday. The protester, Alexander David Course from Waikaretu, Waikato, faced three charges in Auckland District Court, including having an offensive weapon in a public place. He gatecrashed the Gay Wedding Read more

One third of same sex marriages overseas residents Comments 0

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Provisional Statistics New Zealand figures show 117 same sex couples have married since on August 19. Statistics Minister Maurice Williamson said the information shows: One third of same sex marriages were for overseas residents. 47 of the 117 marriages were couples who transferred their civil union to marriage . There were 61 female couples and 56 Read more

Same-sex marriage bill in Hawai’i passes Committee stage Comments 0

Friday, November 1st, 2013

The Hawai’i Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee has voted to pass a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Hawai’i. The vote came after nearly 12 hours of testimony from the public, as more than 400 people addressed lawmakers during Monday’s public hearing before the Senate committee. In addition, Senate clerks say more than 4,000 pages Read more

‘God wants more gay weddings’ Comments 0

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Self-labelled “gay affirming” Christchurch church Crave MCC is reaching out as a church willing to perform same-sex marriages. The church will next month hold a two-day event entitled “God wants more gay weddings? Marriage equality and the church.” Australian preacher Karl Hand, an openly gay theologian, will give talks at the event on sexual diversity Read more

Archbishop Dew hoped for more time to debate marriage bill Comments 1

Friday, April 19th, 2013

On Wednesday evening New Zealand became the thirteenth country in the world, and the first in the Asia/Pacific region, to support same gender marriage. Labour MP Louisa Wall’s Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill, allowing same-sex couples to marry, has passed its third reading and final vote in Parliament. In front of a packed public Read more

Wall says churches need not fear Definition of Marriage Bill Comments 0

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Louisa Wall has made it clear churches have nothing to fear if the proposed Definition of Marriage Bill becomes law.  She says they will not be forced to make any changes to the way they administer the sacrament of marriage. “The law can’t force a church to host anyone’s wedding. And that won’t change,” she Read more