Anglican church not backing same sex civil unions

If Barbados were to legalize same-sex marriages tomorrow, don’t expect any priest within the island’s largest religious organization to officiate over any such ceremony.

Anglican Bishop of Barbados Reverend Michael Maxwell is also adamant that while his denomination understands that the Government’s recent recognition of
same-sex civil unions may be a stance against discrimination, gay relationships still would not attract his church’s backing.

Bishop Maxwell told Barbados TODAY this afternoon that the Anglican Church in Barbados and the rest of the Province of the West Indies remained fortified in its position stemming from a decision of the 1998 Lambeth Conference of Anglican Bishops in England that marriage is a lifelong union of a man and a woman.

“The position really is that our church continues to stand against what it considers to be same-sex marriages.

“Civil union is of course, where the Government itself is putting in their own spin on the whole thing in terms of not being discriminatory in terms of persons’ rights of being able to have freedom of choice as what they see as their way of life,” the church

If Barbados were to legalize same-sex marriages tomorrow, don’t expect any priest within the island’s largest religious organization to officiate over any such ceremony.

Anglican Bishop of Barbados Reverend Michael Maxwell is also adamant that while his denomination understands that the Government’s recent recognition of
same-sex civil unions may be a stance against discrimination, gay relationships still would not attract his church’s backing.

Bishop Maxwell told Barbados TODAY this afternoon that the Anglican Church in Barbados and the rest of the Province of the West Indies remained fortified in its position stemming from a decision of the 1998 Lambeth Conference of Anglican Bishops in England that marriage is a lifelong union of a man and a woman.

“The position really is that our church continues to stand against what it considers to be same-sex marriages.

“Civil union is of course, where the Government itself is putting in their own spin on the whole thing in terms of not being discriminatory in terms of persons’ rights of being able to have freedom of choice as what they see as their way of life,” the church leader said.

“But for the Anglican Church, we continue to follow what is the ruling of our Lambeth Conference which is a conference that is held by all of the bishops of the
world coming together.

“They would have made a statement abiding by the principles that we understand Scripture outlined to us of the fact that a marriage is really between a male and a female. It is the best arrangement towards family life,” Reverend Maxwell declared.

“We are not condoning the whole thing in relation to same-sex union, but the civil union, I interpret that as something that is not blessed by the church or condoned by the church. So that is really the prerogative of the Government,” he stated.


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