Anglican bishops break ranks showing support of same-sex marriages in Australia


Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he wants to ensure that a same-sex marriage bill would protect celebrants who do not recognize same-sex marriages and don’t want to perform wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples. The group of bishops broke with church leaders to support Senator Dean Smith’s bill which is the first same-sex marriage bill in Australia to officially succeed. The Bishop of Wangaratta, John Parkes organised the statement asking to approve the bill just the way it is now, believing it is not discriminating against anyone. “It preserves the fabric of our anti-discrimination laws, which have been developed over half a century,” the bishops say, “These give expression to democratic values of equality and fairness. It also accords fulsome recognition of the religious rights and freedoms that underpin a democratic, plural and multicultural society.” As for a division in the church, the bishops noted that it already exists and the laws won’t be able to change it.


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