In , he taught as a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Kankan, where he learned to savor ndapa with lakudu sauce at Mme. Most people have never heard of Scott Lively, an evangelical pastor living in the United States. But in Uganda he has developed quite a following—whether his followers know his name or not. First introduced in and subsequently revised, the bill would punish by fines and imprisonment anyone engaging in various forms of same-gendered sexual activity as well with those who shield such persons from the punishments the bill would impose.
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The first Church of England vicar to marry his same-sex partner is taking a bishop to an employment tribunal after a job offer as a chaplain to the NHS was withdrawn when the bishop refused him the necessary licence. The vicar, Canon Jeremy Pemberton, will argue that the bishop unlawfully discriminated against him in refusing the licence, without which he could not take up the job. When Parliament made same-sex marriage legal in England and Wales with effect from March , it created a headache for the Church of England and other organised religions whose teachings, tradition and doctrine hold that marriage can be only between a man and a woman. While organised religions have specific legal opt-outs from the Equality Act and the Marriage Same Sex Couples Act , the case being brought by Canon Pemberton at an employment tribunal in Nottingham is the first significant legal test of the Church's position and will be closely watched by all sides in the debate. The Church of England maintains that its doctrine is clear, and that while it supports vicars in same-sex civil partnerships, marriage is between a man and a woman.
Religious views on same-sex marriage
At the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Belfast last week, former Moderator Norman Hamilton said historic biblical values were no longer accepted as the norm by society. He acknowledged that his critical reflection on changing values would not go down well with some. He spoke in the context of the wider debate on issues such as same sex marriage which he and the Church oppose. The latter has decided that same-sex couples are not eligible for communicant membership; barred children of such couples from baptism; and severed links with the Church of Scotland, its mother church, because it sees it as too liberal on same sex issues. The previous weekend US Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin , of Providence Rhode Island, caused a furore when he tweeted advice to parents as they headed into Pride month, when gay people celebrate who they are where they can.
A growing movement today favors making those relationships commonly called same-sex unions the legal equivalent of marriage. This situation challenges Catholics—and all who seek the truth—to think deeply about the meaning of marriage, its purposes, and its value to individuals, families, and society. This kind of reflection, using reason and faith, is an appropriate starting point and framework for the current debate. We, the Catholic bishops of the United States, offer here some basic truths to assist people in understanding Catholic teaching about marriage and to enable them to promote marriage and its sacredness. Marriage,as instituted by God, is a faithful, exclusive, lifelong union of a man and a woman joined in an intimate community of life and love.