Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Darren Hayes, The Salvation Army and Gay Marriage

The Gay Marriage debate in Australia is on again. This time the media erupted into a frenzy when popular singer Darren Hayes tweeted to his 60,000 twitter followers, "Important for gay people to know the true position of the Salvation Army when considering who to donate to. Sad." 
(On an aside note. I wish my twitter posts would cause the media to pay that much attention!)

The Salvation Army then released a
media release attempting to clarify their position on 'human sexuality' with references to homosexuality, inclusiveness, and The Salvation Army's continual involvement in non-discriminatory social work.

The international mission statement of The Salvation Army is:

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church.Its message is based on the Bible.Its ministry is motivated by the love of God.Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in his name without discrimination.

A parliamentary committee met recently to discuss the two bills put forward to the Australian Parliament related to the Marriage Act. 
Sydney Morning Herald writes, "ADVOCATES of same-sex marriage accept Parliament will defeat two bills later this year calling to legalise gay marriage but believe public pressure will ultimately prevail."
Time will tell.

276,000 responses were put forth by the Australian public in the inquiry. See ninemsn's take on it. 
 The responses were about 65% supportive of same-sex marriages, and 35% not supportive of same-sex marriages.

All I have to say is this...

Happy reading to someone in Canberra!

Do you support Gay Marriage? Are you opposed? Why?

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