Retrieved 22 January In the Seventeenth Session of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia inthe Anglican Church of Australia passed a motion recognising "that the doctrine of our church, in line with traditional Christian teaching, is that marriage is an exclusive and lifelong union of a man and a woman, and further, recognises that this has been the subject of several General Synod resolutions over the past fifteen years".
Indozens of United Methodist clergy came out as lesbian, gay or bisexual defying the ban on "self-avowed practicing homosexuals" in ministry and essentially daring their supervisors to discipline them. Inat the 37th General Council, commissioners affirmed that "human sexual orientations, whether heterosexual or homosexual, are a gift from God and part of the marvellous diversity of creation.
They are customarily referred to as the churches of the Continuing Anglican movement. Evangelical Free Church of America. Hope Remains: Homosexuality and the Bible. Southern Baptist Convention . The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland is divided on the issue and does not approve of same-sex marriages, though many bishops have expressed their acceptance for homosexual unions.
The Metropolitan Community Church was instrumental in the first legal challenges to the heterosexual legal definition of marriage in Ontario see Same-sex marriage in Ontario. The Church of Scotland. Ministers of the General Church of the New Jerusalem are not permitted to marry or bless any same-sex couples.
The Methodist Church split over same-sex marriage, explained. Instead, bishops are proposing to hold it there Aug.
The legislative branch—the General Conference—meets every four years to set church policy. In America, More Light Presbyterians , a coalition of gay-inclusive congregations, was founded in By the s, attitudes had changed, and as early as , the United Church urged Canada's Parliament to amend human rights laws to protect gay men and lesbians against discrimination.