ANGLICAN CHURCH ST MATTHEW-IN-THE-CITY I don’t
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.’’