13 December 2012
The Quaker Lesbian & Gay Fellowship (QLGF) has warmly welcomed the government’s proposals to allow the celebration of same-sex marriage in places of worship.
Rosalind Mitchell, media correspondent for QLGF, said today: “This is wonderful news for all of us. Quakers have time and time again taken a lead in seeking justice and equality. It’s rewarding that fifty years after Towards a Quaker View of Sex was published and Quakers first began to embrace the diversity of sexuality, we will be able to open up a celebration of marriage in the spirit to all”.
Quakers acknowledge that of God in all people and see all people as equal before God, in all aspects of their lives including their loving relationships, and we wish to celebrate all of them in the same way.
For further information contact Rosalind Mitchell – Media Officer, QLGF
Phone: 07848 008274
NOTES FOR EDITORS
Towards a Quaker View of Sex
Towards a Quaker View of Sex, by ‘a group of Friends’, was first published in 1963. The authors remained anonymous because at the time homosexual acts were still criminalised. Amongst other things, they wrote:
Sexual activity is essentially neither good nor evil; it is a normal biological activity which, like most other human activities, can be indulged in destructively or creatively. Further, if we take impulses and experiences that are potentially wholesome and in a large measure unavoidable and characterize those as sinful, we create a great volume of unnecessary guilt and an explosive tension within the personality. When, as so often happens, the impulse breaks through the restriction, it does so with a ruthlessness and destructive energy that might not otherwise have been there. A distorted Christianity must bear some of the blame for the sexual disorders of society.
Quaker decision on same sex relationships
At their Yearly Meeting in York in 2009, Quakers in Britain sought a change in the law so that same sex marriages can be prepared, celebrated, witnessed, reported to the state, and recognised as legally valid, without further process, in the same way as opposite sex marriages are celebrated in Quaker meetings.
Quakers consider that they should be able to follow the insights of their membership in celebrating life-long committed relationships between a man and a man, or a woman and a woman, in exactly the same way as they currently recognise the marriage of opposite sex couples.