By Junior Mayema,
Well i think, it is not only about samesex weddings, babe showers, partying and many more, it is about ending religious freedom to discriminate by attacking gay people verbally, physically , mentally etc.. this is just one example of that :Anti-LGBT preacher Gaylard Williams arrested for ‘grabbing and squeezing’ man’s genitals
And here in San Francisco we have an extremely homophobic catholic archbishop who said : Homophobia isn’t ‘truly unjust’ because sexual behaviour is a choice
It all has to start with religious leaders to distance the churches and religion from being the main cause of violence and attacks motivated by hate targeting LGBT people ,we are all sinners, no one is perfect or saint, i think the pope was very clear when he said :‘If a gay person seeks God, who am I to judge him?’ says Pope Francis
Gay people are human beings and have a fundamental rights to pursue happiness as any other human beings including the right to to marry, it is about time for the church to get on board and start respecting, honoring and blessing samesex unions if the church really wanna end religious freedom to discriminate, because let me be clear if the church really wanna welcome gay people and be a welcoming, inclusive place for all people , the church has to accept samesex unions because if they don’t want gay people to marry gay people who are they going to marry??? it is impossible for them to marry straight people, you all know the rest and what can happen in such forced marriages or unions between gay people and straight people
And it is so unfortunate the Mormon church here in the USA wanted to stop discrimination against LGBT but they resumed the discrimination again : Mormon Church Announces Endorsement Of Housing, Employment Protections For LGBT People
Mormon Church walks back statement of support for non-discrimination laws
here is what Archbishop Justin Welby has to say below :
The Archbishop of Canterbury has said he is trying to bridge a split in the Anglican Church over same-sex marriage.
The Most Rev Justin Welby told Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs he wanted to listen to both sides. He also admitted to moments of frustration on the issue.
He did not discuss his previous opposition to gay marriage, saying it would be “inappropriate” while the Church was debating it.
He also told the programme about growing up with an alcoholic father.
On gay marriage, he told presenter Kirsty Young: “When I listen to people I know that I’m listening to people for whom not just the issue of sexuality but the whole way in which the Church lives and exists and reaches out to people, what it looks like to be a holy church, is something on which they feel passionately and are deeply, deeply, deeply disagreeing.”
He added: “If you love them you listen carefully”.
The archbishop was also asked why he opposed same-sex marriage in the past.
He told the programme: “I’m really not going to answer the question very well because we’re now into conversations within the Church, both globally and locally, and I think if I weigh in at this stage it’s inappropriate.”
Earlier this year, the archbishop said the Church of England accepting gay marriage could be “catastrophic” for Christians in other parts of the world.
He warned Christians in Africa had been killed by people who associated their faith with homosexuality.
Same-sex marriage became legal in England and Wales in March, but was not supported by the Church.
The law prohibits the Church of England from performing same-sex weddings.
The Bishop of London, the Right Reverend Richard Chartres, said he and the archbishop did not agree on the subject of same-sex marriage.
But, speaking to BBC London 94.9, he applauded the archbishop for making “a course of properly disciplined, facilitated conversations in the Church one of the ways in which we’re going to handle this issue in the years to come”.
The archbishop also told the programme dealing with his alcoholic father had been “very painful”.
He recalled being left alone one Christmas while his father Gavin stayed in bed.
“It was a grim day,” he said.
And he recalled his mother taking him for tea with Sir Winston Churchill, during which the former prime minister cried.
The archbishop’s mother, Jane Gillian, had been Sir Winston’s private secretary.
“I remember a very, very old man,” he said. “And he cried, I don’t know why. And because he cried, I cried. And then we sat and had tea.”
He added: “I’ve talked to her about it since, and she said ‘Well, he cried quite a lot’.”
Bishop backs gay clergy who marry and praises them for opposing Church of England’s ‘institutional homophobia’
30 December 2014 15:24 by Liz Dodd
An Anglican bishop has said gay clergy should be permitted to enter same-sex marriages and urged Christians to pray for those fighting the Church of England’s “serious institutional homophobia”.
“Some gay clergy are now married. In a very few years people will wonder what the fuss was all about,” the Area Bishop of Buckingham, Dr Alan Wilson, said in a Christmas sermon for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community that was recorded for the website Pink News.
“But for now it’s a path that calls for considerable courage and determination. So please spare a thought this Christmas for them.”
Clergy in the Church of England are prohibited from officiating at same-sex marriages or from entering into one. But gay clerics in two dioceses have married their partners since the legislation was introduced in March, and it is understood that the Church of England is currently involved in discussions around the issue.
In the Diocese of London, Revd Andrew Foreshew-Cain, of St Mary’s with All Souls in Kilburn, married his partner in June.
Meanwhile in the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham, Canon Jeremy Pemberton is taking legal action after his permission to officiate in the diocese was revoked following his wedding in April. The diocese was unable to comment on Bishop Wilson’s comments because of the ongoing legal action.
In the video Dr Wilson, who is married and has five children, accused the CofE of “institutional homophobia, inertia and ignorance”.
“Christians believe God is love and those who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. But, you may say, Churches have a funny way of showing that sometimes,” he said.