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Uniting Church statement on Marriage Equality

9 Aug 2017

A response on marriage equality from Stuart McMillan, the President of the Uniting Church in Australia.

The Uniting Church in Australia currently understands marriage as ‘the freely given consent and commitment in public and before God of a man and a woman to live together for life’.

We acknowledge that there is a diversity of opinion in our Church community on the issues of sexual orientation, gender identity and same-gender marriage.

We have always tried to maintain a respectful conversation on same-gender marriage between the councils of the Church and to work constructively across our membership.

In recent years important work on the theology of marriage in the Uniting Church has been undertaken through the Assembly Doctrine Working Group.

We are engaging in respectful conversations with one another, guided by the Spirit, sharing our stories and understanding of marriage and same-gender relationships in culturally appropriate ways.

We will consider carefully the implications of any future changes to the Marriage Act.

Regardless of any legislation change, we will continue the process of discernment in relation to same-gender relationships in a way that reflects the Uniting Church’s commitment to uphold Christian values and principles.

These values and principles include the unique worth of every human being, religious liberty and personal dignity, and a concern for the welfare of the whole creation.

In consultation with the relevant Assembly working groups, a report on marriage is being prepared to go to the Fifteenth Assembly in 2018 with appropriate recommendations.

This statement was last updated on 8 August 2017.

For more on this topic, please read "Conversations from the heart", a statement prepared by President Stuart McMillan and added to by Assembly General Secretary Colleen Geyer, available online here.

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