Northern Ireland’s gay marriage ban is un-Christian, says minister | Society | The Guardian

Northern Ireland’s ban on gay marriage is as unjust and un-Christian as the historical sectarian taboo over Catholics and Protestants marrying, an Anglican minister has told an equality rally in Belfast attended by thousands.

Canon Charles Kenny, who has been a Church of Ireland priest for almost 50 years, compared the opposition to same-sex marriage in the region to the historical hostility to mixed religious unions on the island of Ireland.

Kenny was joined by Methodist and Presbyterian ministers in calling for gay marriage to be legalised. The Democratic Unionist party, which now formally supports Theresa May’s minority government, has consistently blocked moves towards marital equality.

Speaking on the steps of St Anne’s, the city’s Anglican cathedral, on Saturday – surrounded by gay rights campaigners, trade unionists and human rights organisations – Kenny said: “There was lots of lobbying against mixed religious marriages and nowadays we are all embarrassed about that. And I think in the future we will also be embarrassed about this ban on same sex marriage.

Source: Northern Ireland’s gay marriage ban is un-Christian, says minister | Society | The Guardian

A Mennonite pastor is suspended and a denomination is splintered (COMMENTARY) | Religion News Service

RNS) The Virginia Mennonite Conference suspended a pastor’s ministerial credentials Wednesday (May 25) because he officiated at a same-sex wedding.

The Rev. Isaac Villegas of the Chapel Hill (N.C.) Mennonite Fellowship and my pastor, is “at variance” with the conference, which belongs to the Mennonite Church USA. The denomination, with some 100,000 members, holds that marriage is “a covenant between one man and one woman for life.”

The conference was aware of Villegas’ plan to officiate the wedding well in advance, asthe congregation has been in dialogue with it for years over the matter of fully welcoming LGBT people in the congregation.

Source: Religion News Service

Will 2nd Largest Catholic Country Boldly Move Forward on LGBT Equality? | Bondings 2.0

Will the world’s second largest Catholic country boldly advance LGBT rights? This is the question being asked after Mexico’s president announced a new rainbow political agenda in late May.

President Enrique Peña Nieto said he would ask Congress to legalize marriage equality, non-discrimination protections for same-gender couples seeking to adopt, and the ability for people to self-identify their gender on government records.

These moves are significant and somewhat unexpected from a president whose popularity has waned. Mexicans are split over LGBT issues, though legal rights have progressed slowly through state legislatures and the courts. Last year, the Mexican Supreme Court ruled state marriage equality bans unconstitutional which makes the president’s announcement more a symbolic gesture, but a welcome one, say some pundits. On the adoption item, Fusion explained the background to the president’s move:

Source: Bondings 2.0

Tutu forced to quit over gay marriage | City Press

Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu-Van Furth has revealed that her licence to preach is being revoked because she married a woman – so, she’s decided to quit instead.

Newlyweds Mpho and Marceline Tutu-Van Furth are on honeymoon on the Indian Ocean island of Bali after their wedding at a Franschhoek wine estate attended by Mpho’s parents, Leah and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

“Bali is quite magical,” said Mpho in an email to City Press, adding that she had decided to “give up” her ministerial duties – her authority to preside at Holy Communion, and to officiate at weddings, baptisms and funerals in South Africa.

“Because the South African Anglican Church does not recognise our marriage, I can no longer exercise my priestly ministry in South Africa,” she said. “The bishop of the Diocese of Saldanha Bay [Bishop Raphael Hess] was instructed to revoke my licence.

“I decided that I would give it to him rather than have him take it, a slightly more dignified option with the same effect.”

While same-sex marriage was legalised in South Africa in 2006, the South African Anglican law on marriage states: “Holy matrimony is the lifelong and exclusive union between one man and one woman.”

Source:  City Press

Kirk votes to allow gay clergy marriages – BBC News

The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has voted to allow ministers to continue to serve if they are in a gay marriage.The historic vote on the first day of this year’s gathering in Edinburgh draws a line under a row which has split the Kirk for nine years.Commissioners voted by 339 votes to 215 in favour of the move.The decision means that same sex civil marriage will be permitted for ministers.However, they will not themselves be allowed to conduct gay weddings within the church.

Source: – BBC News

Episcopal Church commended for respecting differences on marriage

Lusaka, Zambia

The Episcopal Church and its individual members earned praise here April 11 from Anglican Communion Secretary General Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon for working hard to walk together despite differences over same-sex marriage.

The secretary general’s remarks came in his report to the Anglican Consultative Council about this worksince he took up his post last July.

The 78th General Convention’s decided last summer to change canonical language that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman (Resolution A036) and, in Resolution A054,  to authorize two new marriage rites with language allowing them to be used by same-sex or opposite-sex couples. Resolution A054 also requires bishops who oppose same-sex marriage to “make provision for all couples asking to be married in this Church to have access to these liturgies.”

Source: Anglican Journal