Quakers support gay marriage

Quakers support same sex marriage

Here is something from their statement.

The Bill respects the diverse needs of faith communities, some of which wish to perform same-sex marriages and some of which wish to be able to refuse such marriages. It is not the role of parliament to decide which religious position to endorese

I think this is the strongest argument in favour of permitting same-sex marriage. What right does the government have to tell the Anglicans, the United Church or the Quakers which ceremonies they can or cannot perform?

  1. #1 by Roger Overton on June 21, 2005 - 9:31 am

    Certainly there are some religious ceremonies the goverment won’t allow anyone to perform- such as animal or human sacrfices. Just because it’s a “religious” ceremony doesn’t mean the government must allow it. The question of whether or not it should be allowed is independent of its religious nature.

  2. #2 by Luke on June 21, 2005 - 7:29 pm

    Indeed, Roger. The secular union of marriage now bears no relation or resemblance to the Christian idea of marriage.

    Churches should have the right to refuse the sacrament of marriage to anyone they wish, however, government is for all citizens. There can be no basis for the denial of marriage (in it’s legal and governmental sense).

    I’ve recently had a crack at one of our Aussie politicians on the subject, responding to his contribution to this debate. If you can handle an outburst of angry rhetoric, throw your ideas into the pot….

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