“Approval of the motion violates interpretations of Scripture strictly adhered to by orthodox and evangelical members of the church [who] believe Scripture is opposed to same-sex relationships,” he said.
That refers to the old testament which would imply that the Anglicans would have to believe that its perfectly fine to kill one’s wife for adultery as well as children for insolence. But no, they deliberately eliminate that from their agenda and comfort level, hypocrites all! Heterosexual polygamy is also condoned in that part of the bible but nobody mentions that either. How convenient for them and their justification to discriminate against us.
But good for Canada, puts us in the UK to shame, not even marriage equality here. As the mother country of the commonwealthy, we should be the leader, not the trailer.
It is wrong to proclaim the Biblical view of homosexuality since there is none.
Genesis 19: Condemns raping of strangers for the purpose of humiliation.
Leviticus 18:22: Condemns gay ritual sex in a Pagan temple and/or males having sex in a woman’s bed.
Leviticus 20:13: Condemns gay ritual sex in a temple and/or males having sex in a woman’s bed.
Romans 1:26-27: Describes a group of heterosexuals who, against their basic nature, engage in same-sex behavior during ritual orgies.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10: Male child molesters and the children they molest will go to Hell, not Heaven, at death.*
1 Timothy 1:9-10: Refers to child molesters and the children they molest.
Jude 1:7: Humans who have sex with other species will go to Hell, not Heaven, at death.
“The issue of blessings for same-sex couples has been a controversial issue in Canada for some time.” This statement is true for the membership of SOME churches but as far as the law of Canada is concerned NO religious group be it a church, synagogue, mosque or temple is compelled to conduct a same-sex marriage.
The Anglican Church in Canada looks like it is taking the ‘sit on the fence’ approach. They will simply be offering a blessing of a couple who are already married (in a civil ceremony). No actual marriage will be taking place.
Other denominations have member churches that will marry same-sex couples. Naturally, the Metropolitan Community Church does. The largest Protestant church here is the United Church of Canada and most of them – at least in larger centres – perform same-sex marriages. Also, the Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship and the Society of Friends (Quakers). As well, some liberal Jewish synagogues will. But none are being forced to.
jamestoronto, exactly right. The religious denominations, though fully aware that they would not be compelled to recognise or perform same-marriages, will use this canard anyway to agitate opposition and stir up emotions against same-sex civil marriage as if they owned it. They refuse to distinguish between religious and secular and such opposition is disingenuous anyway, dishonest even.
Why does the article refer to “legally partnered” couples? They are legally MARRIED.
It isn’t a civil union, nor a civil partnership. It is a civil MARRIAGE, with all of the exact same rights and privileges as any other marriage.