Quakers on brink of decision on same-...

Quakers on brink of decision on same-sex marriage

There are 7 comments on the www.ekklesia.co.uk story from Jul 30, 2009, titled Quakers on brink of decision on same-sex marriage . In it, www.ekklesia.co.uk reports that:

Britain's Quakers appear to be on the brink of a decision to approve same-sex marriage.

As over 1,000 Quakers closed their session yesterday afternoon, they looked likely to approve the rewriting of Quaker procedures to put heterosexual and same-sex weddings on an equal footing. It was agreed to continue discussions today, giving the clerks chance to draft the appropriate wording overnight.

The Religious Society of Friends, as Quakers are more formally known, would then rewrite the marriage section of Quaker Faith and Practice, their “book of Christian discipline”.

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Daniel P from Long Island

“Protestant, Gay, Libertarian”

Since: Apr 08

Long Island, NY

#1 Jul 30, 2009
In the near future, a tipping point is going to be reached because enough religious groups, churches, synagogues, etc. will allow gay marriage in their institutions.

That being the case, what rational reason will the federal and state governments have to deny legal recognition of those marriages ?

The courts will be forced to rule in the near future that denial of legal recognition of gay marriages IS unconstitutional.

“That's Mama Luigi to you too”

Since: Jun 08

Orange County,CA

#2 Jul 30, 2009
Daniel P from Long Island wrote:
In the near future, a tipping point is going to be reached because enough religious groups, churches, synagogues, etc. will allow gay marriage in their institutions.
That being the case, what rational reason will the federal and state governments have to deny legal recognition of those marriages ?
The courts will be forced to rule in the near future that denial of legal recognition of gay marriages IS unconstitutional.
Exactly.

“II Samuel 1:26”

Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#3 Jul 30, 2009
Good to hear about this. Slowly but surely, the religious groups are getting the (right) message.

“Just call me Das. ”

Since: Jul 07

Centereach, NY

#4 Jul 31, 2009
In the US, some Meetings already do marry same-sex couples. It's not like there's some central body that decides doctrine for all Quakers, after all.

“ reality, what a concept”

Since: Nov 07

this one

#5 Jul 31, 2009
Dasein9 wrote:
In the US, some Meetings already do marry same-sex couples. It's not like there's some central body that decides doctrine for all Quakers, after all.
The reason that I posted this story is the interesting challenge that this presents to Britain's two-tier system, marriage for opposite sex couples and civil unions for same sex couples. Under their law, Quaker marriages are automatically recognized and don't require a civil ceremony. If the Quakers start recognizing same sex couples as married, the government will have to as well, either that, or take away their exemption, which may not go over all that well.
Short Left Index Finger

Hamilton, Canada

#23 Oct 22, 2009
Even though I think Quakers are a "ah the good ol days"cult,I do beleive that they were pro-gay back in 1962.
LOL

Bradenton, FL

#24 Nov 8, 2009
Daniel P from Long Island wrote:
In the near future, a tipping point is going to be reached because enough religious groups, churches, synagogues, etc. will allow gay marriage in their institutions.
That being the case, what rational reason will the federal and state governments have to deny legal recognition of those marriages ?
The courts will be forced to rule in the near future that denial of legal recognition of gay marriages IS unconstitutional.
why should the government bow to religious choices? religious organizations are using this issue in hopes of getting some new people in their groups.

no different than preachers beginning to wear jeans to church to pursue the young people.

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