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United Reformed Church finalizes approval of same gender marriage

United Reformed Church finalizes approval of same gender marriage

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The Revd John Proctor, General Secretary of the United Reformed Church in the United Kingdom addressing that church’s General Assembly.

Towards the end of last May we reported in and article that the UK church The United Reformed Church was positioned to allow same gender marriages in its General Assembly to be held this month. In a press release issued today, 9 JUL 2016, the URC announced that the General Assembly did just that, in a vote of 240 in favor and 21 against, the Assembly approved allowing individual congregations to register their buildings to conduct and register marriages for same gender couples wishing to marry in the UK. This vote required approval of a 2/3s majority to pass.

The press release mentions the congregations in England and Wales can immediately begin the registration process for their buildings. The process under Scottish law is a bit different, but the Assembly’s decision will have the same affect for Scottish congregations. The URC becomes that largest UK Christian denomination to date to allow same gender marriages.

The General Secretary of the URC , the Revd John Proctor is quoted as stating,

Today the URC has made an important decision – at which some will rejoice and with which others will be uncomfortable. Those of our churches who now wish to offer full marriage services to same-sex couples are free to do just that – and those churches who do not wish to are not compelled to. All are part of this denomination. This has been a sensitive issue for many in our churches. It has been important to take our time over the decision process, and to listen as carefully as we can to one another along the way.

The photo is from the press release webpage.

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Tracey Henley

It will take a lot more than performing same-sex marriage to turn the tide in favor of religion in the UK. I welcome SSM, and support the inclusion of all, but the UK is an anti-clerical country. THAT’S why the CoE is in trouble there.

JC Fisher

“the UK is an anti-clerical country”

If by “anti-clerical” you mean “anti-religious”, Tracey, I honestly believe that mainly has to do w/ all the examples of BAD religion they’ve experienced there! [Although so much of bad religion comes from bad religious leaders, so “anti-clerical” has some justification, too.]

The CofE needs to become hippocratical (instead of its current hypocritical): “First, Do No Harm.” Practice a generation of genuinely “respecting the dignity of every human being”, and we’ll see if UK anti-religiosity is more than anti-bigotry deep [Of course, if the CofE doesn’t reform, it might not last more than a generation…]

Mark Brasington, Albuquerque, New Mexico

How many more decades until the CofE gets it together and stops the discrimination and exclusion ? Failing to do so will be it’s own demise.

Josh G. Johnstone

Great news. I hope all Christian churches follow suit soon. Soon isn’t soon enough.

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