The first same-sex religious wedding has taken place in Northern Ireland. Chris McNaghten and Jon Swan married in Co Antrim on Saturday afternoon, in a ceremony officiated by a religious minister with the Harbour Faith Community, which describes itself as the home of progressive Christianity. The ceremony was made possible through a recent change to legislation. Mr McNaghten said: "We are so glad to be finally having our day together after a long wait and several attempts this year. Mr McNaghten said they would not see themselves as having strong religious beliefs. Adding: "However, our family minister is someone with whom we are close and trust, and some of our family take comfort from a religious ceremony.
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Bay Area priests began blessing the partnerships of gay and lesbian couples at least three decades ago, but often in clandestine gatherings. Fearing rebuke, priests and parishioners sometimes hid from public view or church hierarchies. The early s was a time when gays and lesbians feared losing their jobs or having their gatherings raided by police, even without the stickier issue of seeking sanction before God. But the secret blessings became revolutionary acts, redefining the very notion of marriage and paving the way for what will take place across the state this week. When county clerks around the state issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, they will be capping a movement that was shaped by some of this region's churches. A primary reason many gays and lesbians have wanted to get married, he said, is the way marriage is valued in faith communities.
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This is a list of Christian denominational positions on homosexuality. The issue of homosexuality and Christianity is a subject of ongoing theological debate within and between Christian denominations and this list seeks to summarise the various official positions. Within denominations, many members may hold somewhat differing views on and even differing definitions of homosexuality. The Seventh-day Adventist Church is opposed to same-sex sexual practices and relationships on the grounds that "sexual intimacy belongs only within the marital relationship of a man and a woman. The Anglican Communion has been divided over the issue of homosexuality in several ways.
Here's a quick synopses of the position various faiths hold on same-sex marriage:. Episcopal Church: far more liberal than parent Anglican church, Episcopalians appoint gay members to be church leaders and approve blessings for same-sex couples. Anglicans in the U. Presbyterian Church : Despite persistent division among the ranks, Presbyterians have increasingly supported same-sex marriage.