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anglican newcastle bishop peter stuart same-sex marriage

Newcastle’s Anglican diocese has voted in favour of allowing ministers to bless same-sex marriages, defying Sydney Archbishop Glenn Davies on the issue. A majority of the clergy and lay people voted in favour of two bills on the issue at the diocese’s synod – the church’s parliament – on Saturday. One bill permits ministers to …

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Ordained Anglican priest Father Noel Richards has married his partner Drew Reid in a church ceremony, in a first for the regional Victorian city of Bendigo. The couple have been together for more than five years and tied the knot at St Andrew’s Uniting Church last weekend. It’s the first same-sex wedding ceremony in a …

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The Sydney Anglican Diocese has urged transgender parishioners “honour and preserve the maleness or femaleness of the body God has given you” in new doctrinal guidelines on gender identity. The diocese debated and adopted a doctrinal statement on gender identity this week at their Synod, the church’s parliament. “The Bible never endorses a divergence between …

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An American pastor’s interruption of a secular event and consequent ‘prayer cleansing’ illustrates the dangers of Australia’s proposed ‘religious freedoms’ bill. The pastor cut off the microphone to a gay speaker at an event held in his church. A few days later, he asked his congregation to bow their heads and join him in a …

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Two Anglican priests who recently wed, John Davis and Rob Whalley, say they won’t be driven out of the Anglican church over their marriage. This week, Sydney Archbishop Glenn Davies blasted church recognition of same-sex unions and called for same-sex marriage supporters to “please leave us” rather than “ruin the church”. “My own view is …

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The Zakar twins threaten a world tour of their true-life coming out comedy Pray the Gay Away. The Iraqi-American twins’ mother doused them with holy water when they came out to her as gay. She also force-fed Michael and Zach ‘holy’ grapes blessed by a priest in an attempt to turn them straight. Despite all …

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Anglican Archbishop of Sydney Glenn Davies has told supporters of same-sex marriage to “please leave us” rather than “ruin the church” over the issue. Speaking at the 51st Synod of the Diocese of Sydney on Monday, Dr Davies warned the church faces “constant pressure” to change its doctrine “in order to satisfy the lusts and …

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Notorious hanging judge Mohammad Moqisseh presided over the recent trial of an outed singer, according to reports from Iran. Mohsen Lorestani faced charges of ‘corruption on Earth’ stemming from a conversation on social media. The singer’s lawyer only received notification of the trial after it occurred. As yet, the verdict is unknown. Mohsen Lorestani News …

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Federal Attorney-General Christian Porter has hit back at claims by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews that the draft religious discrimination bill could make it harder to outlaw “gay conversion” therapy at a state level. “Conversion therapy” refers to harmful and discredited practices to change or suppress an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity, using psychological or …

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The Morrison government’s Religious Discrimination Bill contains “new and unorthodox” provisions that encroach too heavily on other human rights, the Law Council of Australia says. The nation’s peak legal body has made a submission to the Attorney-General Christian Porter responding to the government’s controversial draft bill. In it, the Law Council says that the government’s …

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