NEWS RELEASE: Quaker Lesbian & Gay Fellowship welcomes Commons vote on Equal Marriage
6 February 2013
The Quaker Lesbian & Gay Fellowship (QLGF) has welcomed the House of Commons vote in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill last night. Rosalind Mitchell, Media Officer for QLGF, said today: “We are all very excited about this change in the law. Quakers have accepted the right of same-sex couples to a spiritual celebration of their union for nearly four years now, and it’s good to see that Parliament has listened and voted for this move towards equality.
“Quakers see God in all people, and this leads us to see all people as equal before God. When they gather together in meetings, which are welcoming and open to all, they are able to witness all committed loving relationships and celebrate them in the spirit”.
Paddy Storrie, deputy head of St George’s school in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, was sickened when he read in that children in faith schools were more likely to be subject to homophobic bullying.
“I just thought: if there’s a member of the school community that might be having an utterly miserable time, it was our Christian duty to do something about it”, he said.
Today the school will receive a national award for the way it tackles homophobic bullying.
Read more about this story in the Independent.
The new dean of St Paul’s Cathedral has come out in support of gay marriage.
In an interview with the Times. the Very Rev Dr David Ison, who was appointed this week, said “We need to take seriously people’s desire for partnership and make sure that the virtues that you see in married relationships are available to people who are gay”.
Dr Ison replaces Dr Giles Fraser, who resigned over the cathedral’s stance on the Occupy London protests. He was previously the dean of Bradford Cathedral, where he conducted ceremonies to affirm and pray for gay couples’ civil partnerships, and says he would be happy to do the same at St Pauls.