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March 26, 2014

Anglican clergy are expressly banned, under church doctrine as well as in law, from marrying same-sex couples in a church

A third of Church of England bishops are allegedly gay, according to a clergyman.

As same-sex marriage becomes a reality in England and Wales on 29 March, many religious leaders are speaking out for and against the unions.

Anglican clergy are expressly banned, under church doctrine as well as in law, from marrying same-sex couples in a church.

March 25, 2014

Christian humanitarian charity World Vision America will now employ Christians who are in committed same-sex marriages under rule changes announced earlier today

The US branch of Evangelical Christian humanitarian aid, development, and advocacy organization World Vision will begin hiring gay Christians who are in same-sex marriages.

The announcement was made by World Vision America president Richard Stearns in an interview with Christianity Today.

March 19, 2014

GSN sources say past gay ‘cures’ by the Anglican Church in Uganda have included beatings and exorcisms to draw out gay demons

The Church of Uganda will be setting up ‘gay cure’ groups after returning ‘resources’ given to them by the Church of England.

They may even be performing ‘exorcisms’ and beatings, according to experts.

It shows the Anglican community in the east African country is distancing itself from the mother church in the UK, which has called on it to be more gay-friendly.

President Yoweri Museveni praised bishops of the Anglican Church recently for their support and campaigning to pass the anti-gay legislation.

March 5, 2014

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany has voted to allow pastors in committed same-sex relationships to share church residences with their partners

The gay pastors of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Northern Germany will be allowed to share church owned residences for clergy with their committed same-sex partners after a near unanimous vote at a church summit on Friday.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany was formed in 2012 and is a union of the North Elbian Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Mecklenburg and the Pomeranian Evangelical Church.

The proposal was voted for 156 to 2.

February 15, 2014

New rules state gay priests are banned from getting married and gay couples will be refused official Church blessings

Gay priests have been banned from same-sex marriage and gay couples will only be able to receive informal prayers from priests, not official blessings, a new report from the Church of England has stated.

The Telegraph reports the Church of England’s House of Bishops yesterday (14 February) released new ‘pastoral guidance’ outlining strict rules on LGBTI clergy and congregation.

January 11, 2014

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints released a statement following recognition of marriages by Government

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has issued a statement to its churches explaining its strong stance against same-sex marriage.

In a statement issued yesterday (10 January), the Church maintained its belief that homosexuality is not condoned by God, and that civil laws cannot override God's word.

The church said: 'Changes in the civil law do not, indeed cannot, change the moral law that God has established. God expects us to uphold and keep his commandments regardless of divergent opinions or trends in society.'

December 15, 2013

The Bishops’ Conference of the national Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church has backed a doctrinal clarification which would allow priests to marry same-sex couples if they choose to, supporting a new liturgy so that they can marry in churches

The Bishop’s Conference of the Norwegian national Evangelical Lutheran Church has backed efforts to allow same-sex couples to have religious weddings but will not force clergy who disagree with them to perform them.

The Bishop’s Conference of the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church approved a doctrinal clarification recognizing same-sex marriage this week, with its central board voting unanimously in favor of the proposal.

November 28, 2013

As the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby says there need to be a 'revolution' in attitudes on homosexuality, a work group has proposed a celebration of same-sex unions

Church of England clergy will be able to recognize and bless same-sex marriages under new proposals revealed today (28 November).

While they gay couples will not be able to be legally married in a church, they will be free to have their union celebrated.

A group of clergymen has recommended they should be able to ‘offer appropriate services to mark a faithful same-sex relationship’.

While some have criticized their decision, the church group has said they should be welcoming and affirming the presence of LGBTI people in the religious community.

October 18, 2013

8 out of 12 of the bishops of the national Church of Norway believe it is acceptable that same-sex couples have religious weddings but the church may settle for church blessings of civil marriages to appease traditionalists

Two thirds of the clerical leadership of the national Lutheran Church of Norway believe that same-sex couples should be allowed religious marriages in its churches but the church may decide to bless same-sex couples who wed civilly instead to appease conservatives.

8 out of 12 Church of Norway bishops indicated their support for marrying same-sex couples within the church, while 4 were opposed.

October 10, 2013

Archbishop David Gitari was a progressive force for the LGBT community in the African and Anglican churches

As Kenya laid to rest former Anglican Archbishop and pro-democracy agitator, David Gitari, the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community mourned one of its supporters in the Christian faith.

Gitari’s record on support for dialogue and understanding on homosexuality – particularly those who identify as Christians – shows the progressive maturity and enviable courage of one of Kenya’s most visible religious personalities.

September 27, 2013

A US United Methodist tribunal will decide whether individual churches and church regions can disagree with the central church’s teachings on same-sex marriage and homosexuality after more than 1,500 of its priests signed a statement offering to marry same-sex couples

The United Methodist Judicial Council will decide late October if its clergy and local church regions can hold different opinions on the issues of homosexuality and marriage and will also decide the fate of four priests who have been charged with marrying same-sex couples.

August 12, 2013

German Evangelical Protestants have made good on a pledge to marry non-heterosexual couples, holding their first religious same-sex marriage over the weekend

The German Evangelical Protestant Church held its first same-sex wedding over the weekend according to reports in local media.

The couple, Ruediger and Christoph Zimmermann, tied the knot in Seligenstadt near Frankfurt, Hessian state public radio reported.

Germany does not yet recognize same-sex marriage so the ceremony will not change their legal status but the couple were already in a civil union.

In June the German Evangelical Protestant Church said it would start celebrating same-sex marriages and adding them to the church register.

July 10, 2013

Gay member of parliament Ben Bradshaw claims an Exeter church turned away a gay couple as they were not 'welcome'

A gay family was banned from worshiping in an English church, according to an openly gay member of parliament.

Labour MP Ben Bradshaw said an Exeter ‘conservative evangelical church’ had turned away the unnamed couple, who wish to not be identified.

During a debate in the House of Commons, he asked what guidance the Church of England was planning to issue to parishes and church schools on pastoral care for same-sex couples and their children’.

June 1, 2013

UK religious leaders have formed an 'unprecedented' alliance to urge Prime Minister David Cameron to halt the marriage equality bill

53 religious leaders from different faiths including Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism have written to PM David Cameron opposing gay marriage.

British newspaper The Telegraph reports that Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist leaders have joined in submitting an open letter to the British Prime Minister denouncing his plans for same-sex marriage to be debated in the House of Lords next week.

May 31, 2013

Changing Attitude and the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement provide prayers for Christian supporters of equal marriage as anti-gay Christians hold day of prayer against equality

LGBT Christians will go head-to-head with anti-gay Christians as they both spend a day praying to God – for or against marriage equality.

Gay-hating Christians have declared Sunday (2 June) as Britain's National Day of Prayer for Marriage.

But, on being alerted to the day by Gay Star News, Christians who support LGBT equality have responded by issuing their own prayers – hoping for divine help to pass the equal marriage bill for England and Wales.

April 10, 2013

A new report by traditionalists on the doctrinal committee of the Church of England has recommends blessings of gay civil partners

Conservatives in the Church of England have paved the way for the clergy to bless gay and lesbian couples entering civil partnerships.

It comes at a time when Justin Welby, the new Archbishop of Canterbury and head of the Anglican Church worldwide, is rumored to be considering formally backing civil partnership ceremonies.

March 17, 2013

One of the most senior Church of England bishops has broken ranks with colleagues to say that the church should offer blessing services for same-sex couples in civil partnerships

Liverpool Anglican Bishop James Jones has broken ranks with other senior Church of England clergy to call for blessing services to be offered to same-sex couples in civil partnerships.

‘Over the years I have shared with you my thinking about how the gospel of embrace may be felt by those who are gay,’ Jones said in an address to the Diocese of Liverpool Synod.

March 17, 2013

A North Carolina Methodist church has gone rogue on the issue of same-sex marriage and will hold no marriages until the state and its denominational leadership will let it marry same-sex couples

A United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has gone rogue on the issue of same-sex marriage – telling the state and the United Methodist Church leadership that it will not perform marriages until its pastors are allowed to marry all couples.

March 14, 2013

New polling by a Christian group has shown that 64 percent of Americans now believe same-sex marriage to be inevitable, country-wide, while 58 percent now agree that the issue is a civil rights issue akin to race or gender

A clear majority of Americans now believe that same-sex marriage throughout the United States is an inevitability with almost as many believing the issue to be one of civil rights.

Christian polling company LifeWay found that 64 percent of Americans thought that same-sex marriage would become legal throughout the nation whether they agreed with it or not, while 58 percent agreed that it was a civil rights issue.

February 23, 2013

Leader of UK's Roman Catholic Church suggested that priests should be given the choice to get married but not gays

The UK’s most senior Catholic cleric said that male priests should be able to marry women, while bitterly opposing gay marriage.

During an interview with BBC Scotland, Cardinal Keith O’Brien stated that Jesus did not say that clergy should remain celibate.

February 19, 2013

A 65-year-old former nurse has told the leader of England’s Catholics to ditch the robes, the Latin and activism against gays and start helping the needy

A 65-year-old former nurse has delivered a withering telling off to the Archbishop of Westminster – England’s most senior Catholic – for his stance on gay marriage.

The woman, who now works with animals and lives in northern England, says she has been married for 30 years but gay marriage doesn’t threaten the status of her relationship whatsoever.

And she says Archbishop Vincent Nichols and his church have become obsessed with gay sex, ignoring the real problems of society – the economy, schools, hospitals and our children’s future.

February 7, 2013

Despite the ban on the Church of England hosting same-sex marriages in the bill's current form, ministers say they will risk their careers to do what they feel is right

Church of England priests will bless same-sex marriages ‘under the radar’, campaigners are saying.

There is a ban on the church and all its clergy hosting ceremonies for gay couples in its form, but some say ministers will get around this by performing blessing ceremonies under a different name.

The announcement comes after the House of Commons voted overwhelmingly for marriage equality after its second reading 400 votes to 175.

January 25, 2013

UK Culture Secretary and Equalities Minister Maria Miller has published the bill giving gay couples the equal right to marry in England and Wales

January 25, 2013

The Quakers, Unitarians and Liberal Jews have backed the same-sex marriage bill in England and Wales

While the same-sex marriage bill for England and Wales may have got some religious organizations furious, others have issued statements praising the UK government.

Officially published today (25 January), the Liberal Jews, Quakers, and Unitarians have welcomed the law change and have said they will ‘opt in’ to hosting religious same-sex ceremonies.