Comments: House of Commons to debate Sex Discrimination

What a wonderful opportunity for people residing in London, who recognise the need for support for the LGBT community, to attend what will prove to be a most important debate on the whole issue of sexual orientation, and the cultural and spiritual effects of discrimination against a significant minority of people who are different from what many people would see as 'the norm'.

Now that the issue of LGBT human rights is being canvassed - the context of the hideous attempt in Uganda to further criminalise homosexuals - this might be a critical time for those of you who really do believe in the equality before God of both 'straights' and 'gays' co-existing within both Church and community, to lobby your M.P.s so that they are able to contribute on behalf of a constituency which the Church seems unwilling to speak out for.

Would that the Church of England were bold enough to initiate its own broad discussion of this topic, which other Provinces of the Church have already engaged with and settled.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Saturday, 7 November 2009 at 5:15am GMT

So our government is making its concerns known. Deafening silence from our church.

Posted by Richard Ashby at Saturday, 7 November 2009 at 12:07pm GMT

I think that this debate is perhaps more about gender discrimination and the fact that,if General Synod votes for statutory transfer, the Church would find itself in the extraordinary position of asking Parliament to pass legislation which directly discriminates against women.

However, I also understand that the new Equality legislation will offer a very narrow scope for religious institutions to discriminate against LGBT people and so this is also relevant.

Posted by Sue at Saturday, 7 November 2009 at 12:41pm GMT

Fr. Ron Smith; I have read, enjoyed and agree with most of your coments. One question. Are you a priest in the Church of England or The Episcopal Church ? It is not of great importance
as I do believe you understand and evaluate both very well. Please keep on with your comments.

Posted by Carl at Saturday, 7 November 2009 at 4:04pm GMT

Carl. Thank you for your kind comments. Regarding your question, I was born, Baptized and Confirmed in England (C.of E.) but later became an S.S.F. Brother, working in both Australia and New Zealand, and was then called and ordained a priest within the Anglican Church of Aotearoa/New Zealand. I am interested in all parts of our beloved Anglican Communion.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Saturday, 7 November 2009 at 6:23pm GMT

"Deafening silence from our church." writes Richard Ashby (Saturday, 7 November 2009) Except Robert Key is a churchman of some distinction, working within the House of Commons, and he is a Lay Canon of Salisbury Cathedral.

Posted by Paul Overend at Saturday, 7 November 2009 at 6:58pm GMT

Any news then ?

Posted by Rev L Roberts at Wednesday, 11 November 2009 at 9:35pm GMT

Yes, L Roberts, see new article above linking to the transcript of the debate.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento at Thursday, 12 November 2009 at 8:24am GMT
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