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Methodist church begins consultation into equal marriage

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  1. It would be the first denomination in Britain perhaps. Same-sex weddings are officiated in the national churches of Denmark and Sweden – and they are Lutheran.

  2. Robert in S. Kensington 30 Nov 2013, 2:26pm

    Aren’t the Unitarians and Quakers denominations? If that is the case, the Methodists won’t be fhe first which makes the statement in the article misleading.

  3. Godric Godricson 30 Nov 2013, 2:42pm

    Remember that the Methodists voted for Church union with the Anglicans but were jilted at the altar when the Anglicans became sniffy at the idea of a union with the Methodists. Would the possible change by the Methodists on their Churches teaching make a union in the future more or less likely?

  4. Could it be this religious faction is more concerned about alienating tolerant sections of society and damaging further recruitment into their cult.

  5. Yup, we got married in Minnesota by a friend who is a Lutheran pastor. He had done 3 equal marriages in his church and has no problem doing them. The Lutheran Church seems pretty o.k.

  6. They won’t even be the first denomination in the UK to endorse marriage equality since, as you pointed out, the Quakers have already done so. World-wide a number of other denominations have endorsed full marriage equality including the national church of Sweden and the United Church of Christ in the US.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 30 Nov 2013, 8:18pm

      Also, don’t forget an important one, the Episcopalian branch of the Anglican Church in America. Clergy are free to marry a gay couple if they wish. The UK Anglican church will have to do a lot better than just offering blessing to remain relevant.

      1. The Presbyterian USA denomination has the same policy as the Episcopal Church USA. The UCC (United Church of Christ) has actually endorsed full marriage equality nationwide at the denominational level. No other Christian denomination in America has gone that far.

  7. Sarah Noble 30 Nov 2013, 8:18pm

    Since when were the Quakers not Christian? They were fighting for same-sex marriage before S’onewall were!

    1. Paul Brownsey 30 Nov 2013, 8:24pm

      Exactly. If you are going to write about religion, it might help to get your facts right. It would have startled George Fox (oh, for God’s sake, Google the name) to be informed he wasn’t a Christian.

      Still, for those who are pleased to see the grip of Christianity on this country getting loosened, Mr McCormick’s ignorance will not be entirely unpleasing.

  8. It really isn’t right to assume that Quakers are “Christian”, even though the Society of Friends did originate as a Christian sect.Many UK Quakers don’t see them selves as Christian, in the sense of believing in the Trinity, a particular divinity of Jesus, or any of the specific Christian rituals (such as Mass/Communion). A fair number would identify themselves as members of other faiths, or none.
    It’s less true of Quakers in the USA, I understand, some of whom are much closer to a mainstream Christian tradition.

  9. IN the USA about 1000 Methodist ministers last summer petitioned their national body to allow gays to marry in the church. It didnt pass but as with the Evan Lutherans and Presbyterian USA it took both of them several votes to have it happen

    And since DC passed marriage a few years ago, about 6 Methodist churches in the DC area have been doing marriage ceremoneis for gays.

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