The Australian Quakers this week called on the Federal Government to amend the Marriage Act to give full and equal legal recognition to all marriages, regardless of the sexual orientation and gender of the partners. The Quakers, a traditionally liberal Christian organisation, also agreed to practise full marriage equality within Quaker Meetings around Australia, including celebrating the spiritual aspects of same sex weddings. The move has been met with support from those in the GLBTI community/“The Quakers may be a small denomination, but where they lead on social justice issues other Christian denominations often follow,” said Australian Marriage Equality spokesman Alex Greenwich.
“The Quaker decision also raises the issue of freedom of religion – Quakers allow same-sex marriages to be solemnised in their churches but are denied equal legal recognition of these marriages by the government.”
Greenwich called on other Christian churches to debate and support same-sex marriage.
“Christians who truly value marriage should not allow the institution to be demeaned by discrimination and inequality.”

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