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TOPIC: Marriage debate

Marriage debate 5 years 5 months ago #46

People might be interested in this statement we have decided to make as a Quaker Meeting

Quakers in Enfield back same sex marriage; calls on Government to extend plans to religious same sex marriage for denominations that want it

"Winchmore Hill Quakers – the Quaker organisationfor Enfield and parts of Barnet and Hertfordshire – wish publicly to support same sex marriage.We believe that the Spirit of God is calling some same sex couples to marriage -a holy union based on life long commitment - and we should recognise this.

We believe we may be the first religious group based in the borough to issue a public statement in support of same sex marriage (although happy to be corrected if not the case).

Same sex marriage is a matter of love, equality, and truth.Every great moral advance surprises and upsets people and is strongly resisted.We have seen this many times in our history.Quakers were pioneers in fighting slavery, seeking equality for women, providing humane care for the mentally ill, and in expanding education. We reach this position on marriage not to be fashionable or to shock people but because after much reflection, in the Spirit, we consider it to be the right thing to do.

We believe that we can listen to and respect those who disagree with us and by listening and waiting together, reach common understanding.We deplore aggressive and derogatory language used by any side in this discussion.

We welcome the current Government consultation on same sex marriage but we note it will only permit civil secular same sex marriage.As a religious body which has married its own members in its own way since the mid C.17th, we wish to marry our same sex couples in exactly the same way and through the same process as our opposite sex members.We believe that both religious and civil same sex marriage should be legalised.

After 22 years of discussion and reflection, Quakers in Britain decided in 2009 to seek a change in the law.1700 Quakers attended our conference at York which reached a common view.However, we wish to make it clear Quakers nationally and we as a local group do not seek any law which would force other religious congregations to carry out marriages they do not agree with. We are happy to have respectful dialogue with those of any background who wish to discuss our position.”


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Background: Winchmore Hill Quakers are a friendly and open spiritual group who seek to welcome everyone. Our worship is open to everyone.We are a member of Churches Together in Winchmore Hill.We have worshipped on the current site for well over three hundred years, the first meeting house was built in 1688 and the current one in 1790.More on our website www.winchmorehillquakers.org.uk
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