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of­ten asked how he can jus­tify em­brac­ing gay mar­riage based on what the Bi­ble teaches.

He says the Bi­ble con­tains no more than a dozen ref­er­ences to ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity in more than 30,000 verses.

‘‘And Je­sus says ab­so­lutely noth­ing. But there isn’t a page in any sa­cred text of any re­li­gion that doesn’t men­tion love, kind­ness and com­pas­sion.’’

Dr Tit­tle ac­cepts that it will be hard for other churches to come around to the idea.

‘‘It is a very dif­fi­cult strug­gle for them. We went through this decades ago when the Uni­tar­i­ans passed a res­o­lu­tion about gay rights in 1970 and I think that was even too late.’’

The Catholic church says no Catholic priests or churches will be in­volved in same-sex mar­riages but each in­di­vid­ual Methodist and Bap­tist church is al­lowed to come to its own de­ci­sion.

Of the cen­tral Auck­land Methodist and Bap­tist churches the Auck­land City Har­bour News spoke to none said they will marry same-sex cou­ples.

Clergy at the pro­gres­sive Angli­can church St Matthew-in-the-City will also not be al­lowed to per­form same­sex mar­riages un­til a com­mis­sion re­ports on the is­sue next year.

St Matthew’s Rev Glynn Cardy says the de­ci­sion is dis­ap­point­ing.

‘‘We would re­ally like to take wed­dings at the church but we will en­cour­age cou­ples who want to marry here to have the for­mal part at a registry of­fice and their cer­e­mony here.’’

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