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21 August 2009


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Same-sex marriage
Members of Lichfield Quaker Meeting welcome the decision of our Britain Yearly Meeting that same-sex marriages should be celebrated, registered and treated in the same way as Quakers’ heterosexual weddings
  • We agree that what constitutes an enduring marriage is the quality of the relationship between the partners and their commitment to each other expressed through an open and public ceremony witnessed by families and friends
  • In the words of George Fox, the founder of Quakerism over 350 years ago, ‘The right joining in marriage is the work of the Lord only, and not the priests’ or magistrates’; and although our language may have changed, the two partners still take each other as equals and commit themselves to a lifetime’s companionship – which need not be circumscribed by gender

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    David Hitchin, 20 August
    John Ross wrote that Yearly Meeting's decision "is not and cannot be 'the will of God'."
    If BYM has one Friend who knows the will of God, then Quakers have only to listen to that Friend and need not bother to hold Yearly Meeting. But what do we do if two Friends tell us that they know the will of God but disagree about what it is?


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