Church leaders call for conscience clause in same-sex marriage legislation

Same-sex marriage legislation should include a conscience clause similar to that in abortion laws, religious leaders have argued. The Free Church of Scotland said this would offer greater protection to individual celebrants who do not want to carry out marriage ceremonies for gay couples. A conscience clause could also help protect teachers who do not […]

Gay ministers acceptance leads to Coatbridge church split

Gay ministers acceptance leads to Coatbridge church split

Parishioners have broken away from their church – following a dispute over the acceptance of homosexual ministers. Around 25 members of Townhead Parish Church left to form the Drumpellier Christian Fellowship in protest against the Church of Scotland’s position on actively gay churchmen and women. They argue that the kirk’s stance is contrary to “biblical […]

HM The Queen

Churches and gay rights activist alike mark ‘watershed’ moment as gay marriage is legalised

Gay rights activists are celebrating an “historic” moment after same-sex marriage was officially legalised – but churches claimed marriage has been “stripped” of its meaning. MPs cheered in the House of Commons as it was announced that royal assent had been given to the new Bill, paving the way for the first same-sex weddings next […]

John Sentamu, Archbishop of York

Future Church of England bishops to be quizzed on their sex lives

Every Church of England cleric who could be promoted to become a bishop is to be asked to provide details of their sex life to the Archbishop of Canterbury or York, it has emerged. In an effort to avoid “the appearance of discrimination” against gay priests – who are required to claim to be celibate […]

Roger Bolton

BBC treats gay marriage opponents as ‘throwbacks’

The BBC thinks Christians who disagree with gay marriage are “throwbacks who are damaging the Church”, according to one of its presenters. Roger Bolton also said if the BBC interviews a Christian who objects to abortion on religious grounds, “they are treated as though they are just a bit barmy”. Mr Bolton was taking part […]

Stornoway’s oldest church to remain within Church of Scotland

Stornoway’s oldest church to remain within Church of Scotland

The Kirk Session of Stornoway’s St Columba’s Church are urging people to remain within the Church of Scotland and to work and pray together for the restoration and reformation of the national Church. In a statement today (Monday) in the midst of the debate about the ordination of gay ministers, Kirk Session of St Columba’s […]

Frank Mulholland QC

Lord Advocate issues gay marriage debate warning: ‘Criticism of same-sex marriage is not in itself an offence’

The Lord Advocate has taken the rare step of setting out the acceptable limits of the debate on same-sex marriage, warning that those whose views might spark violence or hatred could be prosecuted. Frank Mulholland, QC, issued the guidance to prosecutors as the historic bill to legalise gay marriage was published in the Scottish Parliament […]

Janys Scott QC

Gay marriage opponents face prosecution, Faculty of Advocates warns

Clergymen, parents and teachers could be taken to court for opposing gay marriage, legal experts warned yesterday as SNP ministers unveiled legislation making the controversial change. The Faculty of Advocates dismissed a claim by Alex Neil, the Health Minister, that the Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill contains “unequivocal protection” for those who refuse to participate […]

Kirk seeks respect for religious freedom as same sex marriage bill is published

Kirk seeks respect for religious freedom as same sex marriage bill is published

The Church of Scotland has called for freedom of religious belief and practice to be respected after the Scottish Government today, Thursday 27 June, published its long awaited bill which will legalise same sex marriages. Rev Dr Alan Hamilton, Convener of the Church of Scotland’s Legal Questions Committee said: “We hold to the historical understanding […]

Rev David Robertson

Gay marriage bill: David Robertson meets Alex Neil

Rev David Robertson, director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity and Free Church minister in Dundee, recently met with Alex Neil MSP at the Scottish Parliament regarding the redefinition of marriage. David’s reflection is below. I pointed out that our primary purpose was not to secure safeguards for the Church, because the Church does […]

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