Church refused to wed a straight couple because the bride supports equality

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The couple, who do not wish to be publicly identified, had been set to marry at Ebenezer St John’s in Ballarat, Victoria , Australia, this November. However, attempting to book a wedding ceremony they faced denial because the bride is not against LGBT. She does not belong to the community herself and her wedding was not going to be same-sex. According to the Brisbane Times, church minister Steve North made the decision after seeing the Bride had posted a message on Facebook in support of same-sex marriage, ahead of a public vote on the issue in Australia. The couple wrote a complaining letter in which they stated: “By continuing to officiate it would appear either that I support your views on same-sex marriage or that I am uncaring about this matter. As you know, neither statement is correct. Also, if the wedding proceeded in the Ebenezer St John’s church buildings, the same inferences could be drawn about the Presbyterian denomination. Such inferences would be wrong. We feel this decision is absolutely disgraceful and is a disgrace to you and all the church, especially when we have been loyal and valued members of this congregation for 10 years”. The Presbyterian Church of Victoria told the newspaper the decision was at the discretion of the “individual ministers”, suggesting it would not seek to punish North.

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