Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Church Supports Marriage Between Man And Woman

Church Supports Marriage Between Man And Woman

At last week's General Assembly gathering, the Presbyterian Church upheld the historic Christian understanding of marriage as the loving, faithful union of a man and a woman.

"We are being faithful to what we understand Christ is calling us to as a Church," said Moderator of Presbyterian Church, the Right Rev Ray Coster.

During debate on the matter at General Assembly, Presbyterians urged the country's legislators not to "alter or confuse the meaning of marriage, which has always been about the union of male and female, and is of deep spiritual significance for New Zealanders of many faiths and cultures".

"The Church does not support same-sex marriage and will be making a submission to urge Parliament not to proceed with the proposed amendment to the Marriage Act," said Ray.

"There are strong feelings on either side of this issue, and we respect the range of genuinely held beliefs in our Church. We know that some people felt hurt by this decision. It is important to note that what we stand together on as a Church far outweighs the issues that divide us."

All congregations in the Presbyterian Church had the opportunity to be represented at this year's General Assembly and to participate in the debate.

"Some in the Church chose to register their dissent to this decision opposing same-sex marriage. Registering dissent is an accepted part of Presbyterian process, and is part of our tradition of open and robust debate. All members are bound by the rulings of General Assembly, even if they have registered their dissent against a decision.

"While there was support for a proposal to prohibit ministers from conducting same-sex marriage ceremonies, it narrowly failed to get the 60 percent majority required to pass into church law."

Ray said that debate on the matter reflects the same conversations that are going on in the wider community about same sex relationships, and that legislation currently before parliament has bought the matter to the fore.

Should legislation to allow same-sex marriage be passed into NZ law, ministers will have the flexibility to marry same-sex couples.

Ray emphasised that what is important for the Church "is that our message of serving and sharing Christ's love for all remains the same. We will continue to share the Good News, and our 400 parishes around the country will continue with their outreach to help share Christ's love, and bring about better outcomes for Kiwis and their families."
/ends

Notes to the reporter:

- The group Presbyterian Affirm, which supports a traditional Biblical interpretation of sexual morality, issued a press release today discussing the Presbyterian Church's General Assembly decisions regarding same-sex marriage. The Affirm group is not the official spokespeople for the Presbyterian Church. The Presbyterian Church's spokesperson is its elected Moderator, the Right Rev Ray Coster.

- The Presbyterian Church is the third largest denomination in Aotearoa New Zealand, with more than 400,000 people identifying as Presbyterian in the 2001 Census, and 30,000 regular church attenders.

- The Moderator is the elected leader of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, elected every two years.

- General Assembly is the Church's top decision-making body.

- General Assembly 2012 was held at Rotorua Boys High School, from 4 October to 7 October. More information about GA12 is available at http://www.presbyterian.org.nz/about-us/general-assembly


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

More Rent Assistance, Less State-Owned Housing:
John Key Speech - Next Steps In Social Housing

"We are going to ensure that more people get into social housing over the next three years, whether that is run by Housing New Zealand or a community provider.

The social housing budget provides for around 62,000 income-related rent subsidies a year. We are committed to increasing that to around 65,000 subsidies by 2017/18, which will cost an extra $40 million a year." More>>

ALSO:

The Future Of Work: Andrew Little - State Of The Nation 2015

In 2005 when I led the EPMU we worked together with Air New Zealand to find a way to keep engineering jobs that were heading overseas. A lot of these workers were people I’d known for years and they were facing not just losing their jobs but not being able to find the kind of work they do without going overseas. A lot of people were facing personal and financial upheaval.

It was hard work but in the end we kept more than 300 skilled and well-paid jobs in New Zealand. And we managed to benefit Air New Zealand and its workforce with productivity gains too... More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Sabin Case, The Pressures On Greece And (Songs About) Coyotes

Mike Sabin is a National MP, and the current chairman of Parliament’s law and order committee. Yet reportedly, he is being investigated by the Police over an assault complaint... However, the PM will not comment on any aspect of the story. More>>

ALSO:

Houses, ISIS, King (& Catton): PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference

The Prime Minister met with reporters to discuss: • Social housing, the Auckland housing market • The prospect of joining international forces to combat ISIS • David Bain’s compensation • The lowering of the flag for the King of Saudi Arabia's death ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Tomorrow’s Speeches By John Key And Andrew Little

The Key government has already kicked off the political year on a stridently ideological note, with Environment Minister Nick Smith choosing to lay all manner of sins at the door of the RMA. Tomorrow, the government will wheeling out its best salesman – Prime Minister John Key – to sell its plans for state housing… . More>>

ALSO:

Transport: Auckland Looks To Light Rail

The Board of Auckland Transport has called for an investigation into a light rail network, which could relieve traffic congestion on some of the region’s busiest roads. This stems from work in 2012 (the City Centre Future Access study) which responded to a government request to develop a robust and achievable solution for access to the CBD. More>>

ALSO:

RMA: Smith's Claims Don't Match Evidence - Greens

The Motu group’s research into the impacts of planning rules looked at the costs related to housing development but not the benefits of environmental protections and does not recommend significant changes to the RMA to reduce the cost of new house builds. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Similarities Between John Key And David Cameron

For years now, David Cameron has been the closest available thing to a mentor/analogue to our Prime Minister, such that Key watchers could be interested in an analysis of Cameron that appeared in the British press over the Christmas break. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Ian Fletcher Resignation & GCSB’s New Role

It may well be that after being shoulder-tapped in Queensland for the GCSB job, three years of living in Wellington has been enough for Fletcher and his family, given that the pending review of the GCSB would have required an even longer commitment from him. Three years of Wellington’s weather is enough for anyone... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
More RSS  RSS News AlertsNews Alerts
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news