Quakers in the UK endorse same-sex marriage

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    Aug 07, 2009 7:57 AM GMT
    It happened a few days ago --- http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/10034 --- but I think it's a very important development.

    The UK previously adopted a compromise situation where same-sex couples have "civil partnerships" that, unlike those in the US, guarantee virtually all (perhaps even all) rights as marriage. The compromise was undeniably made for religious reasons (the UK has a state religion -- the Church of England).

    But this shakes the compromise, because if some religions will marry same-sex couples but others won't --- how is one to discriminate?
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    Aug 07, 2009 1:35 PM GMT
    The UK could make another compromise, along the lines of Norway*, where religious communities are not legally required to provide same-sex marriage rites.

    *which also has a Christian state church that does not yet accept same-sex marriage

    As for the Quakers: Yay! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 07, 2009 1:47 PM GMT
    I don't know why people have their panties in a twist over this. The government can't force religious institutions to change their belief structures regardless of what law is.

    The Catholic Church loudly disagrees with abortion, the death penalty, the War in Iraq, euthanasia, and many other things the USA allows.

    If the government legalizes gay marriage, it can't force the Catholic Church nor any other religion to recognize the unions within their churches.

    It would be like if the USA decided it was insanitary to be in public without shoes. Muslims would have a field day with that.

    So, yea.
  • baldone

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    Aug 07, 2009 1:48 PM GMT
    as a member of an evangelical friends church here in cleveland, and after coming out and being asked to step down from everything that i did i will be curious to see how this works here in the states.....assuming that we go by the same faith and practice book that the brits do.....will be curious to see.....
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    Aug 07, 2009 7:59 PM GMT
    This is why a country shouldn't have an established church. Civil benefits of marriage should be separate from the religious rite of marriage. Europe tends to be so progressive on many issues but some European countries are still stuck having outdated established churches.