Posts Tagged ‘same sex marriage’

Pacific Anglican church says no to blessing same-sex couples Comments 0

Monday, May 21st, 2018
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The Tikanga Pasifika, the Pacific arm of the Anglican Church, has opted not to support a resolution passed at the recent general synod of the Anglican communion allowing for the blessing of same-sex couples. The resolution affirms that marriage is a union between one man and one woman, but it allows for individual bishops to offer Read more

NZ Anglicans favourably disposed towards same-sex blessing Comments 0

Monday, March 5th, 2018

Christchurch city’s Diocesan Synod, Saturday, voted to support a proposal yesterday to bless same-sex marriages, following submissions both for and against the blessings. Bishop Victoria Matthews wished to assured gay people their voices had been heard. However, Auckland’s Rainbow Church is calling a move to bless same-sex marriage by Christchurch’s Anglican church a “pathetic, half-step Read more

Aussie same-sex marriage – debate yet to come Comments 0

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Australians’ “yes” vote supporting legalising same-sex marriage may pose more questions than answers. The non-binding referendum drew 7.8 million for same-sex marriage and 4.9 million against. Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Denis Hart says parliament must work to unify Australians by respecting different views on marriage. “The Catholic Church, and many others who sought Read more

Fiji InterFaith group discuss same gender marriage Comments 0

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016
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A variety of opinions on the topic of same gender marriage were expressed at a meeting of InterFaith Search Fiji in Suva on Saturday. Speakers talked about ways of accepting members of the LGBITQ community. Reverend Anil Reuben of the Methodist Church said many people in same gender marriage had slowly dropped out of the Read more

Aust prelate stops MP’s speech at Catholic conference Comments 2

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Melbourne’s archbishop has stopped a speech by an Australian MP at a Catholic conference because the speaker supports same-sex marriage. Archbishop Denis Hart intervened to cancel a planned keynote speech by MP Cathy McGowan at a Catholic Social Services Victoria conference this month. The reason given was that her views are contrary to Church teachings. Read more

Bainimarama’s comments on same sex marriage criminal Comments 0

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Homosexual activist and attorney Aman Ravindra-Singh has accused Fiji’s Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama of breaking the law by the manner in which he responded to a suggestion the same sex marriage be legalised. Singh claims that the prime minister has violated section 26 of the Fiji constitution, and he should be charged under the criminal Read more

Same sex marriage a foreign concept in the Pacific Comments 0

Friday, October 9th, 2015

The Archbishop of Suva Peter Loy Chong says it will be a long time before Pacific societies are ready to embrace the concept of same sex marriage. “With regards to same sex marriage over it is still, culturally not yet even accepting that.” “The culture and religion is strong here. It is going to, it Read more

Tonga’s Catholic Church opposes ratification of CEDAW Comments 1

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Tonga’s Cardinal Mafi has written a letter giving the reasons the Catholic church does not support the Government’s decision to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of any form of Discrimination Against Women [CEDAW]. Mafi says all forms of discrimination against women are already clear enough in Tonga’s laws and are forbidden in Christian churches. He Read more

Church of England provides special prayers for gay couples Comments 1

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

The Church of England will not conduct same-sex weddings, but have special prayers for gay couples after they marry and Church of England priests in same-sex relationships or civil unions will not be allowed to marry. These guidelines are contained in a new “pastoral guidances” statement from the Church of England’s “House of Bishops”. The guidelines Read more

Over 350 same-sex marriages since law change Comments 1

Friday, February 7th, 2014

As the number of same-sex marriages continues to flourish following last year’s law reform, only a handful of couples are opting for the other legally recognised form of partnership, civil unions. But one of those responsible for legalising civil unions in 2005, Labour Party general secretary Tim Barnett, believes they still have an important place Read more