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07 November 2008

Britain Yearly Meeting

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Forward movement on same sex partnerships?
Should Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM) recognise same sex partnerships? This was the main issue at Meeting for Sufferings last Saturday, where members digested the recommendations of Quaker Life Central Committee (QLCC) on the issue


  • Phil Lucas, clerk of QLCC, said that they had ‘found the vast majority of Quakers recognising the need to move towards greater equality in the way we treat opposite sex and same sex partnerships’
  • However, the QLCC minute also highlighted the great variety of experience among British Quakers on same sex partnerships and the need for Friends to establish a common practice before asking for changes elsewhere and in law
  • It argued that Friends should not give up their authority to conduct marriages and that there should be ‘significant changes’ to the relevant chapter of Quaker faith & practice so as to, among other things, address current inconsistencies over the word ‘marriage’ and demonstrate the commitment to equal treatment of all committed partnerships

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