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24 October 2008

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Equality and committed relationships
The government’s introduction of civil partnerships as legally but not spiritually identical to marriage means that Quakers can conduct a legally binding marriage for heterosexual couples but not a legally binding civil partnerships for same sex couples
  • The law prevents anybody from conducting legally binding civil partnership in a place of worship
  • This is at odds with the fact that as individual lesbians, our spiritual gifts are recognised and trusted equally alongside heterosexual Friends within the Society
  • This is evident in the high percentage of lesbians present at the recent Quaker Lesbian Gathering (3-5 October) who hold responsibility at local, national and international levels within the Society

  • Miriam Yagud & Jennifer Barraclough

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