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    Entries in International (3)

    Wednesday
    Nov022011

    British Same-Sex Couples Allowed To Host Civil Unions In Churches, But Anglicans Refute Ruling

    By Al Webb, Religion News Service - November 2, 2011

    LONDON - The British government said Wednesday (Nov. 2) that same-sex couples will be allowed for the first time to use churches to seal their civil partnership vows, starting in December.

    But the directive added that no religious group will be forced to conduct or host such a ceremony, and the Church of England quickly announced it would permit no such rites on its premises.

    In a statement, the church said it "has no intention of allowing civil partnerships to be registered" in its churches. [Read Full Story]

    Friday
    May272011

    MP’s fear that Jerusalem will become a ‘gay’ hymn

    The Church of England - May 27, 2011

    Government regulations on same-sex marriages will lock the hymn Jerusalem into a gay ghetto, a Labour MP told the House of Commons last week.  On May 19 the member for Rhondda, Mr. Chris Bryant, asked that time be set aside for a debate on the Government’s policy of singing Jerusalem at weddings.

    A number of cathedrals and parish charges have banned Jerusalem as being xenophobic, nationalistic, and because the words written by William Black over 200 years ago do not praise God. [Read Full Story]

    Friday
    May272011

    Gay unions are ‘God’s will’, Brazilian archbishop says

    The Church of England Newspaper - May 27, 2011

    Anglican leaders in Brazil have divided sharply over that country’s Supreme Court ruling recognizing same-sex unions. On May 5 the Federal Supreme Court (STF) held the right to freedom of expression should be construed to include the choice of sexual conduct, and authorized gay civil unions.

    On May 16, the primate of the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil, (IEAB), Archbishop Maurício de Andrade lauded the decision as an “important advance in our society” for “equality and citizenship.” [Read Full Story]