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Uniting Church Australia to allow Same-Sex Weddings
« on: July 15, 2018, 10:53:52 PM »
Australia’s Uniting Church to allow same-sex weddings in churches

#PinkNews #LGBT #Australia Nick Duffy 13th July 2018, 6:17 PM

Australia’s Uniting Church has changed its rules to permit same-sex couples to marry in its churches.

The United Church is the third largest Christian denomination in Australia behind the Catholic Church and the Anglican Church, with nearly a million followers according to the 2016 census.

The church’s national assembly this week agreed to allow same-sex weddings for the first time, after Australians voted overwhelmingly for same-sex unions in 2017.

Under the new rules, the Uniting Church will hold “two equal and distinct views on marriage  to honour the diversity of Christian belief among its members” – one inclusive of same-sex marriage and one expressing that marriage is between a man and a woman.

The resolution “allows its ministers the freedom to conduct or refuse to conduct same-gender marriages” depending on their individual views.

Uniting Church President Dr Deidre Palmer says: “This decision follows many years of reflection, prayer and discernment, and I want to thank Assembly members for the way they have responded with grace to what is a difficult conversation for many people of faith.”

Directly addressing LGBTIQ Church members, Palmer said: “I know that this conversation is painful and difficult for you.” Uniting Church President Dr Deidre Palmer

She added: “We also acknowledge those who for whatever reason have not been able to support this change – and your pain and difficulty in this space.

“Please rest assured that your rights to follow your beliefs on marriage will be respected and protected.

“I thank you all for modelling a loving Christian community, holding together and caring for each other, across our diversity of strongly and faithfully held views.”

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Uniting Church Australia to allow Same-Sex Weddings
« on: July 15, 2018, 10:53:52 PM »