Tag Archives: LGBT equality

Civil partners denied marriage ceremonies

News Release from Quakers in Britain 23 July 2014 Civil partners denied marriage ceremonies News that the conversion of civil partnerships to marriage will entail an appointment at a register office and not a marriage ceremony has outraged and disappointed … Continue reading

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Quakers thrilled and delighted over marriage plans

Please see below the news release from Quakers in Britain about the implementation of the recent legal changes regarding same-sex marriage on 29th March. News Release 26 March 2014 Quakers thrilled and delighted over marriage plans As the first same-sex marriages take … Continue reading

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Same sex weddings quicker than intended

The Government has brought forward same sex marriage so the first same sex weddings will begin 29th March, in England and Wales.  The Scottish Parliament has voted heavily to introduce same sex marriage and a referendum is planned in the … Continue reading

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Christian thinktank calls for reconciliation around sexuality

The Christian thinktank Ekklesia is trying to promote reconciliation around the issue of sexuality.  A number of major Christian denominations either contain significant differences of opinion or have altered their position in some regard in recent years.  There is also … Continue reading

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B and B owners lose gay case

The Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that two B and B owners who were committed Christians could not refuse to allow a same sex couple to stay in their property. The Society of Friends, when the equalities legislation was going … Continue reading

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Marking 50 years of “Towards a Quaker View of Sex”

I was pleased to be able to attend the event at Friends House celebrating 50 years since the publication of the landmark “Towards a Quaker View of Sex”.  Described as one of the most forthright reports on sex and morals … Continue reading

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Reflections on a wedding

Recently I had the pleasure and privilege of attending the first same-sex wedding in our Area Meeting.  It was a very moving occasion for all concerned, which brought tears to the eyes of many present.  As well as as being … Continue reading

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Lords back same sex marriage

The House of Lords has voted for same sex marriage; a series of votes saw the majority of Conservative, Labour, LibDem and Crossbench peers support it.  A number of improvements to the bill included a commitment to examine humanist weddings … Continue reading

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Same sex marriage: the Lords work (updated)

The proposal to introduce same sex marriage into our law comes to the House of Lords.  British Quakers believe some same sex relationships are marriages, they are just not recognised as such.  Despite passing the Commons by a massive majority, there … Continue reading

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Same sex marriage, a few days after

In the summer of 2009, Quakers decided to campaign for the right to conduct same sex marriages. This week, the House of Commons voted by more than 2:1 in support of that. It feels a momentous day for how we … Continue reading

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