Alderdice quits church after row on gay couples
FORMER Assembly Speaker Lord Alderdice has resigned from the Presbyterian Church.
The peer, who was an elder for three decades, said it is because he disagrees with a series of decisions.
The Presbyterian Church in Ireland recently adopted a new policy that means those in a same-sex relationship cannot be a full member of the church.
Now same-sex couples cannot take communion and their children cannot be baptised.
Lord Alderdice, the son of a minister, told the BBC programme The View: “It is no longer possible for me to feel it is an appropriate expression of my faith.
“So I have decided – after 30 years as an elder and a lifetime as a member of the Presbyterian Church – to resign from the eldership and membership.”
Former Presbyterian moderator Reverend Stafford Carson helped to formulate the church’s policy on same-sex marriage. He sat on the doctrine committee that backs the current policy.
He told the BBC: “What we are saying is that to live in a same-sex relationship does not cohere with the teaching of Christ with regard to marriage and sexuality.”
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