Friday, 02 October 2015 20:47

The Presbyterian Church Of Ireland Warns One Of Its Reverend On Marriage Equality While The Bill Has Been Introduced To Parliament

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While Reverend Christina Bradley of the Presbyterian Church of Ireland was the only one to rejoice the people vote in favor of equal marriage earlier this year, she comes to back down, warned by her superiors.

A few months ago, she said in an interview with Portadown Times: «The referendum wasn't a debate on the institution of marriage as the basis of human society as we know it, but about ending discrimination.

«This warm-heartedness is good to see in a world which often is a cold place as much for women in leadership as it is for gay and lesbian people in churches. I welcome the yes vote.»

But hardly had she uttered the words that her superiors launched an investigation into her views.

The commission in charge of this investigation just published its conclusions and stated that «Mrs Bradley confirmed to Presbytery that she fully accepts… that «marriage is to be between one man and one woman».

«Mrs Bradley also confirms that same-sex marriage is contrary to the will of God revealed in the Bible and accepts that homosexual practice is sinful in God’s sight.»

But Mrs. Bradley apparently can not express her «new views» by herself.

Faith in Marriage Equality spokesman, Canon Charles Kenny, said that «the action of the Church would send a very damaging message to its gay members and make the Presbyterian Church in Ireland an even colder place for them.»

All this does not prevent the first marriages between same-sex people to begin before the end of the year if all goes well. Indeed, the legislation has already been delayed due to legal challenges. However, the bill, having been approved by the people, has been introduced to the Irish Parliament which must now passed it.

A spokesman for the Department of Justice said that same-sex marriages should be able to start «before the end of this year,» perhaps as early as November.

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