NZ churches to use pulpit to campaign against marriage rights

New Zealand churches are calling on parishioners to oppose same-sex marriage but have warned that extreme statements will not help their cause

NZ churches to use pulpit to campaign against marriage rights
06 October 2012

A coalition of New Zealand churches will use their Sunday sermons throughout September to urge parishioners to campaign against same-sex couples gaining the right to marry.

With only three weeks left for submissions to be accepted by the New Zealand Parliament on a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, the New Zealand Christian Network has asked members to write submissions opposed to the reform.

The letter sent to member churches reads, ‘The issue of redefining marriage should be of concern to all New Zealanders.’

‘Among national Church leaders there is widespread agreement that changing the definition of marriage away from one man and one woman, would not be in the best interests of society.’

New Zealand Christian Network’s national director Glyn Carpenter said, ‘This bill, on its own, will not bring about the destruction of society as we know it.’

But he said, ‘it is highly probable that this bill will not be good for New Zealand.’

However he acknowledged that some of the more extreme statements made against the planned reform by opponents had been less than helpful.

‘Some of the comments [I have] heard over the past few weeks lack perspective and would be more likely to undermine the argument than support it,’ a statement from Carpenter read.

‘We also ask people to not look for strategies which aim to undermine the democratic process. Such tactics are unlikely to succeed, and could well have the opposite effect to that intended. The quality of the submissions is even more important than the number of submissions.’

The bill has already passed its first reading in the New Zealand Parliament.

The New Zealand Christian Network’s membership includes most Protestant denominations in New Zealand.



No thumbnail available

Death threats over gay Colombia Christmas scene

A couple are targets for hate after the Catholic Church condemned their 'gay' nativity scene with two Josephs
No thumbnail available

REVIEW: The Old Manor Hotel, Wiltshire

Cotswolds-style farmhouse meets French-style chateau in South West England stopover
No thumbnail available

Obama raises just shy of $15 million at George Clooney's house

President talks to star-studded crowd about gay marriage shift: 'The truth is it was a logical extension of what America is supposed to be'
No thumbnail available

TV anchor blasts ABC and Diane Sawyer for giving Bruce Jenner a two-hour interview

KTLA's Sam Rubin: 'I don't care if Bruce Jenner is transitioning from one gender to another, one political party to another, one religion to another'
No thumbnail available

Anderson Cooper's stalker is declared mentally unfit to stand trial by court doctors

Alex Hausner's mother says son diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 12
No thumbnail available

The race to host the World Out Games in 2017 hots up

Four cities are left in the running as World Out Games confirms that US city Denver has ruled itself out of consideration
No thumbnail available

Gay men can now have their sex record scrapped

Gay men in England and Wales who were convicted of having consensual sex with someone over 16 can now apply to have their criminal record wiped clean
No thumbnail available

Joan Collins, not wanting to get 'political,' acknowledges her support for gay marriage

The five-times married diva guests on sitcom Happily Divorced this week
Trans woman murdered in Detroit

Trans woman murdered in Detroit

According to initial police reports, 20-year-old Amber Monroe was shot to death
No thumbnail available

Gay dads and moms could rescue thousands of kids from care

British charity Action for Children marks LGBT fostering and adoption week by calling on community to provide loving homes for abandoned kids