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Equality - In Our Faiths - News from 2003

November 6, 2003

Christians should support same-sex marriage

Ten reasons why Christians should support same-sex marriage.Theologian Vaughn Roste, the son of two Lutheran pastors, has written an article outlining ten reasons why Christians should support gay marriage. Most of the reasons proposed against equal marriage, he says, are in fact arguments against homosexuality in general. If religions are to remain relevant in contemporary society, they must not deny any possible influence of the Holy Spirit on today's world.

Read "Ten reasons why Christians should support same-sex marriage"


August 20, 2003

Blind Faith

Blind Faith: Faith based bigotry seeks state support against same-sex marriageThe Interfaith Coalition on Marriage and Family, a collection of faith groups cobbled together from Catholic, Evangelical and Islamic traditions have requested leave to appeal the Ontario same-sex marriage decision to Supreme Court of Canada. The group is asking the state to support their faith-based bigotry. If gay marriage is allowed, they feel their religious traditions are compromised.

Read Blind Faith: Faith-based bigotry seeks state support


August 10, 2003

Quaker support for equal marriage

Canadian yearly meeting of the religious society of friends (Quakers) support equal marriageCanadian Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) issued a statement on August 8 which supports "the right of same-sex couples to a civil marriage and the extension of the legal definition of marriage to include same-sex couples." The Friends have a long history of supporting human rights and witnessing against injustice. We appreciate having their contribution in this debate.

Read "Quaker support for equal marriage"


August 6, 2003

Vatican collaboration with the Nazis

Vatican collaboration with the Nazis; What history teaches us about attacks on freedom and same-sex marriage."Germany in the 1920's was a very enlightened place. Berlin was just as free as Toronto is now. There was a flourishing homosexual culture there ... Gays and Lesbians began to feel fully accepted in society and after a decade of liberation no-one took the political warnings seriously." Lawyer Bruce Walker's essay reveals what history teaches us about attacks on freedom & same-sex marriage.

Read "What history teaches us about attacks on freedom"


July 31, 2003

The Inquisition targets same-sex marriage

The Inquisition targets same-sex marriage - Document promotes hateThe Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, formerly known as the Inquisition, released a hate-filled document telling Catholic politicians to act according to Church policy rather than adhere to state laws, when it comes to deciding on the issue of same-sex marriage: a "legalization of evil". Homosexuality is depicted as "a serious depravity", "intrinsically disordered", "gravely immoral" and "deviant".

Read "The Inquisition targets same-sex marriage"


July 24, 2003

Spiritual abuse by the Catholic Church

Spiritual abuse by the Catholic ChurchFollowing our victory in court and the federal government's decision to legislate same-sex marriage, Canadian Catholic bishops renewed a call to their faithful, urging them to speak out against equality for gay and lesbian couples who seek their Canadian Charter right to marriage. The bishops are abusing the spirituality of their faithful by using religion to turn congregants against homosexuals.

Read "Spiritual abuse by the Catholic Church"


April 17, 2003

The Words of the Living God
Canadian Coalition of Liberal Rabbis

SELECT to read "Canadian Coalition of Liberal Rabbis for Same-Sex Marriage - The Words of the Living God"An intervener in the Ontario Court of Appeal same-sex marriage case has joined the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto in discrediting faith-based opposition to gay marriage. The Canadian Coalition of Liberal Rabbis for Same-Sex Marriage will argue that the inclusion of same-sex partners in the definition of marriage augments religious freedom in a pluralist society with secular laws.

Read The Words of the Living God


March 25, 2003

Fido Fidelius? Will Canada go to the dogs?
Westboro Baptist Church

Fido Fidelius?  Westboro Baptist Church suggests Canada will go to the dogs if gays marry.The chair of the parliamentary marriage committee continues to be ineffective in maintaining the dignity of proceedings and participants. Minutes released today show gay love was again linked to illegal acts of bestiality & incest. Tolerance of gays was said to cause the destruction of civilizations. This process is called a cruel joke & stacked deck, in part, due to agendas of members like Liberal Pat O'Brien.

Read details of the Westboro Baptist Church testimony


March 18, 2003

Same-sex marriage? How about no rights at all?

The Canadian Christian Women's Organization For Life testified against equal marriage on Feb. 13.  CLICK to read details.The Canadian Christian Women's Organization For Life used the parliamentary hearings as a platform to go beyond same-sex marriage and argue for the removal of existing rights for the LGBT community. The testimony spoke against the use of condoms, appeared to support state mutilation of gays, and even managed to bring Saddam Hussein into this unchallenged testimony.

Read details of CCWOFL's testimony


March 5, 2003

Catholic Women's League
Spaced-out testimony

CLICK to read Spaced Out Testimony - Catholic Women's League spewed bizarre and hateful statements  during the marriage hearing in Ottawa.As minutes slowly trickle out from the proceedings of the marriage hearings, conducted by Parliament's Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, it becomes clear that some opponents to same-sex marriage are filled with bizarre and hateful notions. The most recent example is found in minutes, published today, from the February 11 appearance of the Catholic Women's League.

Read details of the Catholic Women's League testimony


February 27, 2003

United Church Supports Equal Marriage

"Others may argue that including same-sex couples undermines society's understanding of family. It is the experience of the United Church that non-traditional family forms may equally advance these family values."
United Church of Canada

The United Church of Canada has urged Ottawa to end marriage discriminationIn the absence of timely minutes from the Parliamentary hearings on marriage, the United Church issued a press release yesterday that urged Canada's politicians to end marriage discrimination. The press release outlined key points from a Feb. 13 presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. During the presentation, the United Church told the federal government that Canada's largest Protestant denomination supports same-sex marriage. Each year, the United Church blesses over 15,000 marriages in Canada.

United Church & Homosexuality

1984 All human beings are persons made in the image of God
1988 All persons, regardless of sexual orientation are eligible for ordered ministry
1992 Same-sex covenants introduced
2000 Sexual orientation is a gift from God.
2002 Congregations begin sending same-sex marriage registrations to provincial governments for registration.

During the hearings it has become apparent that opponents of equal marriage are obsessed with sex. These groups and politicians believe that marriage is defined by reproduction involving male/female genital contact. The United Church deflated this archaic position.

"Procreation can no longer be cited as a defining dynamic of marriage in Western society. Ironically, in Canada, we do have heterosexuals who marry with no intention, and in some cases, no ability of having children, and yet we have same-sex couples with children who cannot get married."

Another tactic employed by those who wish to maintain discrimination against gays and lesbians is to claim that clergy would be forced to marry same-sex couples.

"This is not true," said the United Church. "The separation of Church and State in Canada means clergy are not required to marry couples when it would be contrary to the faith community's religious beliefs. One example is the refusal of the Roman Catholic Church to marry someone who is divorced."

The problem, of course, is that some faith groups do not want a separation of church and state. They wish to impose their values on the rest of Canada and have church doctrine reflected in Canadian laws. This collaboration to maintain faith-based bigotry in the public arena is unraveling thanks to faith groups, like the United Church, that are demonstrating Christian alternatives to the spiritual abuse practiced by others.

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