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Statement from the Moderator - Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey

15 Nov 2017

A response on the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey from Rev Sue Ellis, the Moderator of the Uniting Church in South Australia.

The results of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey demonstrates a wide participation by the community. These results reflect a diversity of views around same-gender marriage, which the Uniting Church notes.

While the Uniting Church has a doctrine that states marriage is between a man and a woman, the postal survey highlights that the wider community wishes to engage more fully in how committed relationships between people of the same gender are recognised.

Members of the Uniting Church reflect the diverse view of the community. The Uniting Church views itself as a safe place for people from all walks of life and for all expressions of sexuality.

At the same time, the traditional view of marriage, held culturally across the world and within the Biblical witness, has been a valued part of our Christian life together.

Our doctrine of marriage remains unchanged, and it will be discussed further at our national Assembly gathering in July next year. If the Government changes the marriage law, this will feed into our conversation.

Meanwhile, our church community will continue having respectful conversations on this matter. We uphold the humanity of all people, created in the image of God and loved by God in accordance with Jesus’ command to love one another.

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