Christian group pledge support for gay couples marrying

Pink News reports:

The Progressive Christianity Network (PCN) is the latest British faith-based group to come out in favour of legal recognition of gay marriage.

Reverend John Churcher, a Methodist minister and chair of the PCN, said in response to comments from Roman Catholic bishops – who have urged Christians to campaign against the government’s proposal – that there are very few biblical texts that appear to condemn homosexuality, and that the interpretation of those that do is controversial…

There are now a range of Christian groups on both sides of the debate. Those groups who have expressed support for gay marriage include the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches. They are joined by the Metropolitan Community Church, the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement, the thinktank Ekklesia and the Catholic group Quest.

* Mark Pack is Party President and Co-leader of the party. He is editor of Liberal Democrat Newswire.

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12 Comments

  • Whether we like it or not, the ‘faith groups’ listed above represent a tiny fraction of practising Christians in the UK. It’s a bit disingenuous to imply groups like PCN are very representative, or at all numerous or influential.

  • Simon Beard 29th Mar '12 - 5:53pm

    Ben

    As a Quaker I completely agree with you, we are a tiny minoirty, and those who agree with us are too.

    Mind you, we were also a tiny minority in 1783 when we started lobbying against the slave trade, and those who agreed with us were a tiny minoirty then too ;-)!

  • Ben – I am not sure that these groups are a tiny majority. The clergy in my church are anti, but I don’t sense a majority either way in the congregation…

  • @Ben – I clearly missed the liberal principle of placing the sensibilities of the majority over the liberty of a minority. They are Christians who want to solemnise partnerships between same-sex couples. Remind me why we’re planning to maintain the bizarre ban on them doing so?

  • @Emma

    Ver good point.

  • John Carlisle 30th Mar '12 - 8:17am

    Emma
    Not a good point at all. We are banning nothing. We are merely upholding legislation that says marriage is an institution comprising a man and a woman. Why we wish to change a law for a tiny minority who can be accommodated by whatever religious institute wishes to is beyond me.
    Cameron really has managed to divert people from the real issues with this one!

  • Ruwan Uduwerage-Perera 30th Mar '12 - 10:23am

    As someone that has a fairly strong belief in a ‘faith’, I am actually very concerned about the level of negative influence that faith organisations have in society and particularly on the development of our laws.

    The current debate about same sex marriage is an excellent example to me as to why there should be a separation of church and state, as many of the faith based arguments against same sex marriage are based in ignorance (and I am being discreet in what I really mean). I believe that some people are trying to use a veil of religious respectability to support an outdated and unwarranted opinion.

    I appreciate that my words will offend some, but as the saying goes ‘Some people are gay. Get over it!’, for surely Liberal Democrats are meant to be ‘liberal’.

  • John Carlisle 30th Mar '12 - 11:06am

    Ruwan, in a sense it is nothing to do with gayness. A lot of gays do not wish to get “married”. It is to do with changing a definition of a tradition that is hundreds of years old. Don’t conflate the two issues. We got over homosexuality a long time ago. Now I would like to see gays get over it.

  • Ruwan Uduwerage-Perera 30th Mar '12 - 11:38am

    I would humbly suggest that the statement “We got over homosexuality a long time ago. Now I would like to see gays get over it” tends to indicate that gay members of the community are still seen as ‘different’.

    Perhaps minority ethnic people should get over racism, women over sexism and people with disabilities, should just “pull their socks up” and learn to live with exclusion? The reality is that homophobia is as prevalent today as is sexism and racism and other phobia’s, but in this specific case, some are using a religious argument to hide their ‘ism’.

    What on earth can be wrong with same sex marriage? The current legislation is no longer acceptable and needs to be changed. Why should gay people accept a lower standard than their heterosexual peers.

  • David from Ealing 30th Mar '12 - 3:58pm

    There’s a good book just out by David Blamires ‘Pushing at the frontiers of change: A memoir of Quaker involvement with homosexuality’ which charts the history of Quaker attitudes over the past half century.

    Further information here: http://www.quaker.org.uk/shop/frontiers-of-change

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