posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 05:37 PM
Britain's Quakers have become the first major Christian church in the UK to support gay marriage. At their annual gathering in York yesterday, the
Society of Friends called on the government to change the law to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples and determined that their marriage
ceremony should be available to those couples. The official minute of the decision is below the fold.
Ireland's Quakers are an autonomous organisation and are not bound by the British Quakers' decision, but may consider that decision in forming their
own attitude to marriage law and practice.
The Quaker decision comes at the end of Belfast's annual Pride celebrations. Within the next hour, thousands of members of the GLBT community, along
with friends, family and supporters, will parade through the centre of Belfast. When they reach City Hall, they will parade past a group of
conservative Christians protesting against the Pride celebration. Last year, most of Northern Ireland's political parties were represented on the
Pride parade, and this year even more politicians are expected to walk in solidarity with the gay community. Some pro-gay clergy walked as part of the
last parade; we'll soon see if there's an increase in the number of clerical collars in this year's procession.