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Church to hear views

Tevita Vuibau
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

THE voices of dissent are being heard loud and clear by the Anglican Tikanga of the Dioceses of New Zealand, Aotearoa and Polynesia as it moves to recognise same-sex marriages.

The moves by the church come after its General Synod last month ordered the formation of a working group to devise ways for same-sex marriages to be held and recognised by the church.

These are to be presented to the church at the next General Synod in 2016.

"Yes, these voices come out in our church meetings, those voices are clear," Archbishop of Polynesia Winston Halapua said.

"Some people have made their various positions known. Those who say it is against the scriptures, those who say it is against the understanding of the relationship with God, there are some who are confused."

But while there are those who do not agree with the idea of same-sex unions, Archbishop Halapua said there was also a certain demographic driving the discussions.

"But with the younger generation, there are other more important things in their lives and they see this as an important aspect of the church.

"As young people with more exposure to other values and other sources of knowledge and a new understanding in their relationship with God, they see this differently."

He said this was not meant to be a general statement of all the youths but added there were quite a number of younger people who felt same-sex unions should be recognised.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex organisation, the Drodrolagi movement, said while there was resistance to the idea of same-sex marriages, there were also those who were supportive.

"For those who maintain the resistance, we would like to invite them to consider the other issues facing the LGBTI community," the Drodrolagi movement said yesterday.

"Marriage equality is just one of the many issues among others such as the stigma, violence, harassment and discrimination faced by the LGBTI community that prevent many from reaching their full potential and to be on an equal par with others in society."

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