March 16, 2007, Newsletter Issue #24: Churches That Support Gay Marriage

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Although many churches allow gay members, few agree with or perform gay marriage. In Christianity, only Unitarian Universalist and the Metropolitan Community Churches will perform gay marriage ceremonies.

One Canadian Anglican diocese, New Westminster, authorized a rite for the blessing of same-sex unions, but the Anglican church as a whole, meeting on the issue, decided that gay marriage conflicted with Anglican beliefs.

Judaism traditionally bans homosexuality, but is presently reconsidering the issue. While Islam doesn't recognize homosexuality as a concept, all anal intercourse is prohibited.

Creator of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, spoke out against homosexuality, and the church's doctrine defines marriage as between one man and one woman.

In Buddhism, the Dalai Lama doesn't support homosexuality, but opinions differ in other sections of Buddhism. There is no exact mention in Buddhist texts to ban gay marriage. The same is true in Hinduism. In modern India, sex between men is illegal, but there is nothing in the religion that bans it. The Taoist tradition holds that men and women need the energies of the opposite sex to obtain balance. Homosexuality is not expressly forbidden, but discouraged.

Wiccans, and practitioners of voodoo welcome gay members and have no recorded objections to gay marriages.

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