Monday , 18 December 2017

Tag Archives: Marriage

Ruth Davidson delivers Amnesty International Lecture: From Scotland with Love

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  This evening Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson delivered the Amnesty International Lecture in Belfast as part of the city’s Pride Festival. Addressing people from across Northern Ireland’s political and faith communities about Scotland’s journey before and after the passing of equal marriage legislation, Ms Davidson leader outlined how equal marriage changed her own life, and those of others across the country. She praised Holyrood ...

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Scottish Tory leader calls for Northern Ireland to introduce same-sex marriage

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  Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson will tonight enter into the debate over same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland. In a lecture at an Amnesty International event held as part of the Belfast Pride Festival, Ms Davidson will stress that – just as Scotland has “become a better place” because of same-sex marriage – there are opportunities for Northern Ireland if it extends marriage to same-sex ...

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URC gives local churches autonomy to conduct same-sex marriages

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  Yesterday the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church (URC) voted in favour of giving its local churches the right to conduct and register same-sex marriages. The motion, which required a two-thirds majority, was passed by a majority of 240 to 21, with 4 abstentions. This means that the URC is now the largest UK denomination to freely permit the celebration and registration of ...

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Pope Francis: mixed messages to LGBTI Catholics

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Pope Francis’ “Amoris Laetitia” (or “Joy of Love”), published today, does not change any Catholic dogma, and has sent mixed messages to LGBTI people, on the one hand speaking firmly against equal marriage and on the other a call for tolerance and acceptance. In the Joy of Love, the rules of the Church in relation to the family, marriage, divorce, ...

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Belief Matters…Or Not? Paul O’Grady, The Sally Army and the BBC

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Paul O’Grady’s new BBC TV series “The Sally Army and Me” is certainly good popular light entertainment and Paul is his usual camp self, often funny and seemingly able to get the best out of those he meets. At the same time as we laugh at his antics – for example, getting the drum beat wrong when playing with the ...

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Couple takes relationship to new heights with unusual proposal

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  A Scottish man found an unusual and adventurous way to propose to his partner last month at Go Ape Aperfoyle. Following a whirlwind romance Zac Louden decided to pop the question to his partner Colin Nicholason at the Tree Top Adventure, where their love story began in summer 2015. It was love at first swing for Zac and Colin, ...

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Church of Scotland to debate opening ministry to people in same-sex marriages

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    The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland will debate whether congregations should be allowed to consider calling a person in a same-sex marriage as a minister or deacon when it meets in next year. The discussion will take place in May 2016, after a majority of the Kirk’s 45 Presbyteries voted in favour by approving an Overture ...

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Scotland’s choice on Civil Partnerships: Discrimination or Equality?

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It is ten years since the first civil partnerships in Scotland, but there is still no equality before the law.  Now, after a rather biased consultation process, the Scottish government is about to make a choice for us.  The anniversary provides as with an opportunity to take a look at the role of civil partnerships in Scotland’s future, and ask: ...

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Church of Scotland same-sex marriage vote set for narrow victory

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  A vote on the acceptance of ministers in same-sex marriages is set to win the support of a narrow majority of the Church of Scotland’s presbyteries. The Kirk’s 45 presbyteries have been voting on whether to allow individual congregations to appoint clergy in same-sex marriages and, with only two results to come in, 25 have voted for the Church’s ...

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Northern Irish gay couple among first to marry in Republic

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The first same-sex wedding has taken place in the Republic of Ireland – and a Northern Irish couple were among the first to be able to call each other “husband and husband”. Tony and Darren Day, from County Antrim, had their wedding celebration in County Monaghan on Saturday. However, as same-sex marriage is not yet legalised – or recognised – ...

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