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Gay marriage decision in 2014, says church

Maciu Malo
Tuesday, July 10, 2012

THE issue of gay marriages topped the agenda during the fourth day of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia General Synod underway at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi.

New Zealand Archbishop David John Moxon said the church had yet to make a stand on the gay issue and the reports from the meeting would be considered before the outcome was finalised in 2014.

He said the issue grabbed media headlines the world over and the church would be making its stand public in two years time.

"We haven't considered our final stand on gay marriage," said Archbishop Moxon.

"We are having a commission of this church and we will listen to the Anglicans in the next two years on their views and what they think based on the Bible, from their prayers, their discussions of sexually orientation.

"We want to hear what the church thinks and we will be reporting back on our findings after this meeting and in two years time we will make any decisions on their reports and findings," he said.

Polynesia Archbishop Winston Halapua added the issue needed to be considered carefully by members of the church.

"This issue is all over the world and it involves the Pacific including Fiji.

"We haven't arrived at what we need to do at this point because a Bible study has been tasked to look at what the word of God says.

"Fellowship and prayer groups are encouraged to pray for the church on this. We also have some information on hand for assistance in our final decision," said Archbishop Winston Halapua.

The meeting will end on Friday.


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