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    Entries in Church of England (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]

    Tuesday
    May242011

    Pastor: Opposition to same-sex weddings 'born out of ignorance'

    The Desert Sun - May 24, 2011

    By Amelia Hadley

    The Coachella Valley's largest church serving the gay community has a new, vocal pastor who says he wants to press for marriage equality “at every opportunity.”

    “The whole idea that someone can't marry the person they love is born out of ignorance,” said the Rev. Clinton Crawshaw, 41, the new pastor of Metropolitan Community Church of the Coachella Valley in Cathedral City. [Read Full Story]