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Liturgy for same-sex blessings published by Church of Scotland

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  1. Equality Network 17 Apr 2013, 5:20pm

    The proposal doesn’t call this a liturgy for same-sex marriage, but calls it a “Liturgy for Recognition and Blessing of a Civil Partnership”. It’s part of one of the two options proposed to next month’s General Assembly, by the Theological Commission on ministers in same-sex sexual relationships.

    The “progressive” option, to allow ministers to be in civil partnerships (and be sexually active), includes this proposed liturgy to bless civil partnerships.

    The “regressive” option would ban all ministers from same-sex sexual relationships and the liturgy would not be introduced.

    The General Assembly is invited to choose between these two options, but it has the power if it wants to come up with something else, so for example to allow ministers in civil partnerships but not introduce the liturgy, etc.

    1. Equality Network 17 Apr 2013, 5:28pm

      … and the proposal is that the religious blessing would be held afterwards and separately from the civil partnership ceremony. So certainly very different from a Church of Scotland marriage ceremony, but still a step forward.

      It’s worth adding that some Church of Scotland ministers have done blessing services for civil partnerships since the first day CPs were available in 2005, but without there being an official liturgy for it.

  2. dorset bob 17 Apr 2013, 6:46pm

    So its like a pretend marriage then. I’m sure everyone will be very happy with that ? Well done the theological commision, not patronising atall.

    1. theotherone 18 Apr 2013, 11:29am

      from ‘no’ ‘ to ‘ok, well here’s the way to conduct this’ is a welcome step forward.

  3. theotherone 18 Apr 2013, 11:26am

    wise choices from scripture, i would have chosen then myself

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