Thursday, December 8, 2011

Now Episcopalians oppose gay marriage

From Scotland-

OPPOSITION to Alex Salmond’s plans to legalise gay marriage grew last night when the Scottish Episcopal Church became the latest religious organisation to oppose holding same-sex wedding ceremonies in its churches.

Less than a week after the Church of Scotland officially registered its objections to same-sex marriage, the Episcopalians released their response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the issue.

In its submission, the Scottish branch of the Anglican communion argued that current Church law would not allow for a civil partnership to be registered through a religious ceremony in an Episcopal church.

Episcopalian canons – or Church law – state that marriage is a “physical, spiritual and mystical union of one man and one woman created by their mutual consent of heart, mind and will thereto, and as a holy and lifelong estate instituted of God”.

The submission did recognise that some of the Church’s 40,000 or so members would disagree with its view on sex marriage.

But it said that “rites and ceremonies” must at all times be “in accordance” with authorised services of the Church. It added that “current authorised services include liturgies for marriage but not same-sex unions”.

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