Australia maintains ban on allowing same-sex couples to marry abroad

The Australian ban on issuing documentation to allow same-sex couples to marry overseas remains in force, despite a positive recommendation from the Senate in 2009. Speaking to the Australian newspaper Star Observer, the national convener for Australian Marriage Equality (AME) Alex Greenwich said the ban was “mean spirited” and that pro-marriage equality advocates would be […]

Partnered gay man ordained in Dunedin, New Zealand

A partnered gay man, Juan Kinnear, is one of three people being ordained deacon on Saturday 4 November in St Paul’s Cathedral, Dunedin. The Bishop of Dunedin, the Rt Rev George Connor, will ordain the three people, including Juan Kinnear, as deacons of the church, despite pressure from conservatives who say it could split the […]

A vote for inclusion – a report from New Zealand

“The cancer needs to be cut out.” So said some who would like to exclude the Episcopal Church of the USA and the Anglican Church in Canada from the Anglican Communion. The Episcopal Church’s consecration of Gene Robinson, a homosexual in a relationship, and the authorisation of blessings of same-sex unions by the Canadian Diocese […]

Changing Attitude Australia announces launch meeting; developments in Kenya and Nigeria

For immediate release The international network of Changing Attitude national groups will expand later this month when the launch meeting of Changing Attitude Australia takes place. The first meeting of the new group is being held on Sunday 25 June 2006 from 3pm to 5pm at St John’s, Bentleigh, Melbourne. The speaker at the launch […]

Australian book criticises Windsor report as deeply flawed

Church Times The penultimate draft of a soon-to-be-published book, The Faith Once For all Delivered, edited by Peter G. Bolt, Mark D. Thompson and Robert Tong, has been distributed to the Primates before their meeting in the form of a paragraph-by-paragraph commentary on the Windsor report, and a collection of brief essays, one of which […]

Australian Anglicans oppose pro-gay reforms

At the General Synod meeting in Freemantle on 6 October, Australia’s Anglicans rejected blessing gay marriages and ordaining ministers in gay relationships, voting to uphold the traditional position that sex outside marriage is wrong. The meeting also agreed to back Parliament’s decree that marriage, at law, was the exclusive union of a man and a […]

Lambeth Commission meets

Archbishop Robin Eames, Primate of all Ireland, chaired the first full meeting this week of the international Commission on Anglican Structures and Relations set up by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams. The meeting in Windsor, England will consider what ways the highest degree of communion and relationship can be maintained given the serious […]

Archbishop Rowan Williams ordained a practicing gay man

The Archbishop of Wales has admitted openly that he has ordained a man whom he knew had a homosexual partner. Archbishop Rowan Williams made the revelation in an interview with Anglican Media Sydney during a visit to Australia in the last week of May. He explained: “I was aware that there was a long-term friendship. […]