Hillsong founder Brian Houston – standing up for biblical teaching on marriage
The results of a national ballot on same-sex marriage in Australia will be announced on 15 November.
The voluntary postal voting (a mandatory vote had been considered) runs from 23 September to 27 October. The ballot, costing $122 million, asks: “Do you support a change in the law to allow same-sex couples to marry?”
Sweden’s Prime Minister has declared that the State Church cannot refuse to marry same-sex couples.
Stefan Löfven said: “No priest in the Swedish Church can refuse to marry same-sex couples.
“If you work as a midwife you must be able to perform abortions, otherwise you have to do something else. It is the same for priests who do not want to perform same-sex marriages,” he added.
PRESSURE: The McArthur family have relied on prayer support during their long legal wrangle
The Belfast bakers who refused to bake a cake saying ‘Support Gay Marriage’ are to have a hearing in the Supreme Court this October.
Ashers Baking Company has incurred an estimated £200,000 in legal bills since first being accused of discrimination by gay rights activist Gareth Lee, whose cause was taken up by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI). They are being supported by the Christian Institute, while the Equality Commission is funded by the taxpayer.
Kirk to hold gay weddings
The Church of Scotland will conduct legal research to determine how its ministers can hold same-sex weddings in churches. Its General Assembly accepted a report that claimed Scripture was framed by its cultural context. Amendments put forward by supporters of biblical marriage were defeated.
According to Christian charity CARE, Northern Ireland’s election result has opened the door for abortion and gay marriage in the future.
Sinn Fein had its best ever return on 2 March – winning just one seat less than the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). Same-sex marriage and abortion are still illegal in N Ireland, but Sinn Fein is campaigning for both.
Australia’s intention to hold a referendum on same-sex marriage has been thrown out by the senate – the country’s upper house of parliament.
The move was supported by many gay marriage activists, even though opinion polls show that most Australians support the government’s proposal to introduce same-sex marriage. But the senate has decided that parliament should make the decision. Most gay campaigners did not want the issue to be put to the public.
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The Anglican Church in New Zealand remains split into two wings on the issue of same sex weddings.
At their two-yearly meeting, or synod, in Napier in May, the Church put off the decision for another two years, citing a lack of agreement.
Vilified for their Christian stance: Daniel McArthur, his wife Amy and their two children (photo: Christian Institute)
The Christian owners of a bakery who lost a discrimination case after refusing to add a pro-gay marriage slogan to a cake are appealing the decision.
Three senior judges will deliver their judgment at a later date, after a four-day hearing at the Court of Appeal in Belfast in May.