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Belief Matters…Or not? Faith in a Secular Society

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Earlier this week, the Daily Mail suggested the Queen did not approve of same sex marriage. Regardless of the accuracy of the report (and the Daily Mail is not always the most reliable of sources) it does raise the question of the role of faith in what is now a predominantly secular society. Secularists sometimes suggest that faith should be ...

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Catholicism, Mercy and Liberation

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  In “Just Good Friends” lesbian feminist theologian Elizabeth Stuart compares responses to sexuality and gender to a football match where LGBT people are the spectators. She suggests when liberal players get the ball they stand in the middle unable to decide which goal to aim for: they want to maintain church unity while offering a degree of support to ...

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Scottish Provost expresses solidarity with American Church

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  A Scottish Episcopal priest has expressed his solidarity with his the Episcopal Church of the USA, after sanctions were imposed on it by the Anglican primates earlier this week. The Very Reverend Kelvin Holdsworth, Rector and Provost of St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow, has been quick to support his American colleagues – whose sanctions relate to what was described as ...

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European Parliament Calls for Greater LGBTI Rights

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In its annual Human Rights report, the European Parliament called for greater LGBTI rights both within and outwith the European Union. The report begins by calling on the EU and its members “to effectively address internal human rights challenges” including discrimination against LGBTI people. It also addresses the EU’s foreign policy in relation to LGBTI rights. The EU’s LGBTI Intergroup ...

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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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Slovenia says NO to same sex marriage

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  Slovenia has rejected a move to legislate same sex marriage in a public referendum that was held on Sunday. Almost two thirds of voters have rejected in the referendum same sex marriage as well as the right to adopt children. However, only 36.2% of the electorate turned out to vote, which, activists say, has probably affected the outcome. Referring to the low ...

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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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Guernsey votes to introduce same-sex marriage

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Marriage equality is set to be introduced in Guernsey after a vote by the island’s government today. The motion to introduce same-sex marriage was approved by an overwhelming majority of the Policy Council, with 37 for and 7 against. Two alternative options for introducing same-sex civil partnerships or bringing in a single legal form for all – Union Civile – ...

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Leading SNP candidate opposed same-sex adoption

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  The Scottish National Party has been criticised by equality campaigners after it emerged that one of their leading Holyrood candidates “expressed concern at promotion of homosexuality in schools” and also stated her opposition to both same-sex marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples. Sophia Coyle, who is currently serving as a councillor for the Airdrie North ward, has been ...

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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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