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27 June 2008


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Stephen Cox described the Woodbrooke 'Conference on Committed Relationships' as 'inspiring' (13 June)
  • I have to differ as I left early feeling distressed and marginalised by the reception of my deeply held Christian Quaker views
  • There were a large number of lesbian and gay participants who came with their own agendas and personal stories, some very moving, but the make-up of numbers were not representative of our Society

  • We looked at various options on the way forward and some of those Friends favoured the status quo, have no wish to be 'married' and are happy with civil partnerships
  • As a registering officer and involved with the 'soundings', I felt drawn to attend the conference on behalf of my Area Meeting
  • I knew it would not be an easy gathering for me, having previously been accused of being homophobic (I'm definitely not) and holding unquakerly views when expressing my own view that marriage should be exclusively for a man and a woman

  • Pamala McDougall & Andrew Wallace

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