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The Vaudoise Evangelical Church accepts a rite for same-sex couples civil unions
(Blogmensgo, September 25, 2013) The Evangelical Reformed Church of the Canton of Vaud (VRS) has approved the first reading on 21 September 2013, the new church constitution introducing a " rite for registered partners . " In other words, the Protestant persuasion confirms "the existence and uniqueness of a ritual" for lesbians or gay couples civil unions .
A special session of the synod (legislative body) of the VRS has taken one of the three steps leading to the celebration of marriages between same-sex couples. This first step was made in the context of discussions throughout the canton of Vaud, as expected from a previous session. The next two steps correspond to the statutory meetings of October 8 and 8 and 9 November 2013.
No gay marriage in church
These are same-sex couples civil unions (or domestic partnership , according to the Swiss official terminology) who choose themselves the church where the celebration takes place. The "liturgical elements" of the celebration include "Bible reading and preaching, the home of the United partnership reminder of the bond of partnership and united in prayer for the partnership people persons."
The ritual for couples PACS will not be a "blessing of marriage between a man and a woman" and the word marriage so keep the eyes of the VRS, an exclusively heterosexual direction. Yet, while minister who wishes may refuse to "celebrate this rite if his theological convictions prevent this."
Comment. Despite appearances, the establishment of a rite as a minimum for homosexual couples is controversial in Protestant Vaudoise clergy. The hierarchy has at least the merit of not hide his differences of interpretation, or "different ways of considering homosexuality in biblical, ethical or theological." It even states that "these differences in belief are vivid and sometimes lead to tensions."
But marriage, period. This ritual will be limited to a simple "reminder partnership link," so as not to confuse with the marriage. This will be a common religious pacs. Just a substitute.
These protesto-Protestant picrocholines squabbles lend to smile if they claimed to rule on the future of the LGBT community under the evangelical ritual. How To Greet A Church hesitate to give gay couples and couples lesbians civil unions if only one status at a discount? Best greetings is written in seven letters boycott .
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