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In the following, "SSM" refers to "same-sex marriage."

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News of 2005-July to September:

bullet2005-JUL-02 Spain: The new law legalizing SSM was published in a government registry; same-sex couples are now free to marry throughout the country. More info.
bullet2005-JUL-04: United Church of Christ endorses SSM: The most liberal of the major Protestant Christian denominations in the U.S., the United Church of Christ, endorsed same-sex marriage. The resolution at their General Synod was overwhelmingly approved by about 80% of the delegates. The resolution calls on its congregations to consider wedding policies "that do not discriminate on couples based on gender." They also ask its congregations to support changes in state marriage legislation to give equal rights to same-sex couples. An alternative resolution which would have defined marriage as being between one man and one woman was rejected. Although the resolution is not binding on individual congregations, some conservative congregations are expected to leave the denomination. 1 More details.
bullet2005-JUL: England: Methodist Church will endorse blessing of same-sex unions: At their annual conference, British Methodists unanimously approved a report titled "Pilgrimage of Faith." The denomination plans to issue guidelines later in 2005 which will uphold: "...the Church's teaching that sex should be restricted to heterosexual marriage." They will also permit its ministers to bless same-sex couples. More details.
bullet2005-JUL-19: Canada: Senate passes same-sex marriage bill: In a lopsided vote (47 to 21 with three abstentions) the Canadian Senate passed bill C-39. On this date, same-sex marriage was available in every province except Alberta and Prince Edward Island, and in every territory except for Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
bullet2005-JUL-20: Canada: Same-sex marriage legal: The same-sex marriage bill was signed into law. Same-sex marriage is theoretically be available in every province and territory across Canada. Canada is the fourth country in the world to allow all loving, committed couples to marry. The Netherlands was first, followed by Belgium and Spain. However, the battle is still not over. Stephen Harper, head of Canada's Conservative Party promises to eradicate same-sex marriage if he gains control of the government. Religious conservatives promise to try to unseat any Member of Parliament who voted for the bill.  More information.
bullet2005-SEP-07: CA: California legislature approves same-sex marriage bill: Democratic majorities in the California Senate and Assembly passed Bill AB-205 which would have authorized same-sex marriage in the state. This is the first legislature in the U.S. to approve same-sex marriage. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) has promised to veto the bill. Neither legislature has the necessary votes to override the veto. 3
bullet2005-SEP-20: USA: Human Rights Campaign releases annual report: The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a gay-positive group, issued its annual Corporate Equality Index. 4 They reported that 101 large companies received a perfect score for "gay-frendliness. This is an increase from 13 in 2002. HRC president, Joe Solmonese, said: "Corporate America knows that treating employees fairly is not just the right thing to do, it's good for the bottom line...The enormous growth we've tracked in fair employee policies proves that corporate America is making good on the old adage: what's good for business is good for America." They list a number of corporations who are "actively working against equality." They include Emerson Electric, Entergy, Exxon Mobil and Perot Systems.
bullet2005-SEP-20: World: Roman Catholic Church to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation: There are substantial rumors that Pope Benedict XVI has approved a document that denies gays the opportunity to be considered for ordination. According to Catholic World News:

"The text, which was approved by Pope Benedict at the end of August, says that homosexual men should not be admitted to seminaries even if they are celibate, because their condition suggests a serious personality disorder which detracts from their ability to serve as ministers."

The document is expected to be made public after the Synod of Bishops which concludes on OCT-23. 5

bullet2005-SEP-04: NC: Statement of inclusivity by Methodists of color: Meeting at Lake Junaluska, NC, a group of Asian American, African American, Hispanic, Native American and Pacific Islander Methodists issued a statement promoting inclusiveness. It said, in part:
"...we raise our voices lest the mistakes of the past be repeated in the present. We are reminded that at not so long ago African Americans were denied entry into this historic site at the heart of Methodism and based on the remembrance of this tragic legacy, we speak out today so that no other individuals or groups will be similarly denied hospitality at Christ's holy table of fellowship."

"As UMOC, we are mindful that then as now, more conservative voices from within this Church that we love have sought to deny access and entry to fellow Christians and United Methodists. And we are concerned that then as now acts of inhospitality have opened the door to expressions of extremism and hatred. In particular, we condemn in the strongest possible terms the efforts of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and of other misguided individuals to intimidate and threaten this gathering of faithful United Methodists. Again, as UMOC, we are mindful of the campaign of brutality, violence and terror that the KKK has waged from the past down to the immediate present against African Americans, new immigrants, Catholics, Jews, people of differing political perspectives, the federal government, and many, many others."

"Now, in recent weeks, the KKK has made it abundantly clear that they have expanded their circle of hatred and terror to include Reconciling United Methodists, particularly those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people of faith." 6,7

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  1. "United Church of Christ backs gay marriage," Associated Press, 2005-JUL-05, at: http://www.usatoday.com/.
  2. Ruth Gledhill, "Methodists will bless gays," Times Online, 2005-JUN-30, at: http://www.timesonline.co.uk.
  3. Steve Lawrence, "Schwarzenegger vows gay marriage bill veto," Associated Press, 2005-SEP-08, at: http://news.yahoo.com/.
  4. "Corporate Equality Index," Human Rights Campaign, 2005-SEP, at: http://www.hrc.org/
  5. "Pope approves barring gay seminarians," Catholic World News, at: http://www.cwnews.com/
  6. "UMOC Statement from Lake Junaluska," The Reconciling Ministries Network Digest, 2005-SEP-22.
  7. The UMOC web site is at: http://rmnetwork.org/umoc/

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Copyright © 2005 by the Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2005-JUL-02
Latest update: 2005-SEP-21
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