On gender and sexuality, Scott Morrison’s ‘blind spot’ may come from reading the Bible too literally

On gender and sexuality, Scott Morrison’s ‘blind spot’ may come from reading the Bible too literally

Why is our prime minister so poor on matters of gender and sexuality? Why won’t he clearly state that no institution in Australia, including schools, should be able to discriminate against children on the basis of their sexuality? Why won’t he condemn gay conversion therapy, despite widespread agreement within the medical community that it has no therapeutic value and is likely to harm?

After a long struggle, the Uniting Church becomes the first to offer same-sex marriage

After a long struggle, the Uniting Church becomes the first to offer same-sex marriage

It permits those being married in the UCA to choose between two authorised marriage liturgies - one that continues to use the traditional language of “husband and wife” and one that speaks of the union of “two people” and is therefore open to same-sex couples.

The choice also allows clergy, like myself, to exercise individual freedom of conscience. Ministers will not be compelled to marry a same-sex couple if it goes against their personal understanding of marriage. This freedom reflects the diversity of opinion on the matter while upholding a fundamental commitment of the UCA to maintain diversity in unity.