Rethink Gay Marriage says UK Bishop

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The Bishop of Salisbury, the Rt Rev Nicholas Holtham has suggested in a letter to UK daily newspaper, The Telegraph that it was time for the church to “rethink” attitudes about same-sex marriage, as Christians had done with slavery and apartheid.
“No one now supports either slavery or apartheid. The Biblical texts have not changed; our interpretation has.” The religious leader argued that same sex marriage did not “detract from heterosexual marriage” and that the “development of marriage for same sex couples is a very strong endorsement of the institution of marriage”.… more

Lord Carey warns ‘Gay marriage plan ‘paves way for polygamy’

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Same-sex marriage sets a “dangerous precedent” which could lead to sibling marriage or polygamy, so says Lord Carey, a former Archbishop of Canterbury – the head of the Christian church of England.
His aggressive anti-gay outburst comes just days ahead of the same-sex marriage bill being debated in Britain’s unelected second political chamber – The House of Lords.
The vile former archbishop of Canterbury argued there could be “unintended consequences” in allowing marriage equality in an article for the think tank Civitas. He says the bill will essentially change the definition of marriage to “a long-term commitment between two people of any sex, in which gender and procreation are irrelevant”.… more

Paris Protest Against Gay Marriage Turns Violent.

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More then a million homophobes marched through the streets of Paris, France last Sunday 26th May in a specially organised demonstration against the recently passed French law that legalised same-sex marriage and adoption.
At least that’s the number the organisers, Manif Pour Tous, would have you believe that attended their march and demonstration of intolerance. The authorities paint a slightly different picture of the event that rapidly turned to violence at the end, with nearly 300 people being arrested, for they announced the estimated number of attendees amassed a little over 150,000.… more

Gay Marriage Bill Passes In UK Parliament

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Marriage Equality in the United Kingdom came a step closer on Tuesday Night when Members of Parliament voted to approve the Marriage (same-sex couples bill) at it’s third reading by 366 votes to 161, a majority of 205.
After two days of debate, with many amendments offered and discussed, the Culture Secretary and Minister for Equalities, Maria Miller told Mps just before the crucial vote “I accept that for some colleagues their beliefs mean that the principle of this issue is an insurmountable barrier to supporting this change.
“But to other colleagues I say, now is the time.… more

No Marriage Equality for Northern Ireland

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Marriage Equality in Northern Ireland took a step back earlier this week when the unionist politicians defeated a Sinn Féin bid to create marriage equality for gay couples. The votes of the Democratic Unionist party and Ulster Unionist party in the Stormont Assembly combined to heap defeat a Sinn Féin motion backed by the SDLP, Alliance and the Green party.
The defeat of the proposed bill could set the scene for a legal challenge in both the British and European courts against the continued ban on gay marriage in that part of the UK.… more

No Need For Marriage Say Gay Pop Star

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UK openly gay pop star Marc Almond has caused some controversy with an interview in the London evening newspaper the Evening Standard questioning why gay people want to get married in a church that hates them. He also believes that its wrong to expect religious organisations to modernise.
During the Evening Standard interview, the singer that first found fame with 80′s pop combo Soft Cell claimed he did not feel the “need” to enter into a civil partnership or marriage with his lover. “I think a civil partnership or a register office marriage is a modern, sensible thing to do,” he said, “So you have something in law that means that when you die some greedy relative doesn’t come out of the woodwork and grab your chattels.… more

French Gay Marriage Update.

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There were many celebrations in France during the evening of Tuesday 23rd April and that date will go down in history as the day that the large European country became the 14th nation in the world to legalize marriage laws for same-sex couples.
The French National Assembly in Paris passed the equal marriage bill on Tuesday afternoon with 331 MP’s voting in favour of the bill, 225 against and there were 10 abstentions. According to many, the country could see the first gay marriages taking place towards the end of June.… more

French President Calls For Calm

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President Francois Hollande of France has publicly condemned the displays of homophobic violence that have occurred in the country over the recent days and weeks at an alarming rate.
“Homophobic acts, violent acts have been committed. The right to protest is recognised by our constitution and accepted by the French. But no protest must degenerate,” said President Hollande on Thursday 18th April, speaking after France’s Interior Ministry had confirmed that four people had been detained on suspicion of carrying out a vicious attack at a gay bar in Lille. The bar owner blamed the incident on the mounting “tensions” in the country over the same-sex marriage bill currently going through the French National Assembly.… more

UK Soccer Stadium Welcomes Same-Sex Couples

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A soccer stadium might not be the first place you think of for a same sex civil partnership ceremony,  but one of the leading top flight football clubs in the United Kingdom’s  north east ‘SUNDERLAND’  has just opened it’s doors to same sex couples who want to tie the knot!
 
The impressive and spacious ’Stadium of Light’ became the unlikely setting for a true love match when two Black Cats fans scored a first for the venue on Friday 5th April.  Sarah Price and Heather Thompson, from Nettlesworth, County Durham became the first same sex couple to tie the knot at the stadium, which is home to Sunderland AFC,  when they exchanged vows in front of family members and friends earlier this month.… more

Marriage Equality is Coming – Slowly!

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Marriage Equality is Coming.
Marriage Equality is coming, it may be taking its time, but be in no doubt that marriage equality is most definitely coming. Slowly but surly the politicians and government leaders of countries around the globe are embracing the ethos of equality for all and moving towards a more encompassing society by allowing same-sex couples to marry. The latest in an ever-growing list of enlightened nations are the glorious islands of New Zealand, reports Jason Shaw.
Last week New Zealand became the first country in the Asia Pacific region to welcome same-sex marriage when seventy-seven of the one hundred and twenty one parliamentary members voted in favour of changing the country’s 1955 marriage act, allowing same-sex couples to wed.… more