Same-sex marriage

From the May-June 2014 issue of News & Letters:

Same-sex marriage

Just in time for the wedding season, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the Seventh Day Adventist Church reaffirmed their opposition to same-sex marriage. Utah, along with Texas, Michigan and Oklahoma, has seen its same-sex union ban overturned. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals hears oral arguments in Utah and Oklahoma’s bans in April and is expected to consider both cases together.

The Church of Norway rejected a proposal allowing same-sex couples to marry, despite a majority of its bishops favoring religious ceremonies. Gays have been allowed to marry and adopt in Norway since 2009.

Georgia’s prime minister has introduced legislation defining marriage as between one man and one woman in order to avoid “misinterpretation” of a proposed law to protect LGBT peoples from discrimination. If passed, it will join six EU nations—Bulgaria, Hungary, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland—in banning same-sex marriage.

Britain legalized same-sex marriage in March. Bizarrely, the head of the Church of England said that accepting same-sex unions leads to the killing of Christians in Africa.

Division on LGBT issues is strong among Anglicans. The Rt. Rev. Christopher Senjonjo of Uganda has been severely censured for ministering to LGBT peoples. Bishop Desmond Tutu commented in early April, “What a shame, I mean, well really, what a disgrace, that the church of God, in the face of so much suffering in the world, in the face of conflict, or corruption, of all of the awful things, what is our obsession? Our obsession is not ministering to a world that is aching. Our obsession is about sexual orientation. I’m sure that the Lord of this church, looking down at us, must weep, and say, ‘Just what did I do wrong now?'”

—Dee Perkins

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