Clergy to march at Mardi Gras in support of Marriage Equality
Clergy from different religious groups will band together to march in the Mardi Gras parade in support of marriage equality.
The group has been organised by 100 Revs. First formed in 2008 , 100 Revs takes its name from the group of 100 ministers who issued an apology to the LGBTI community for the church’s failure to show love and acceptance to LGBTI people.
This year the group will show their support to the community once more by marching in favour of Marriage Equality at the Parade.
Spokesperson, Rev Matt Glover, said, “As Christian ministers we regard marriage as a loving, exclusive and lifetime commitment and we support the aspiration of same-sex couples to have their loving, exclusive and lifetime commitment recognised and celebrated through marriage.”
Glover said ministers from across denominations will be joining the group and that many had added their names in support of same-sex marriage, including the Anglican Bishop of Gippsland, Rt Rev, John McIntyre.
Glover told SX beyond the issue of marriage equality, 100 Revs believe that LGBTI people need to hear the message of God’s Love, free from prejudice and discrimination.
“Accordingly, we as leaders in our respective denominations want to take a positive stand against the stigma and fear created by some Christian ministers, churches, Christian political parties and politicians.”
Glover added he wants all churches to be welcoming to everyone.
Glover and 100 Revs message is not embraced by everyone in the church, the group and its spokesperson have been criticised for their support of same-sex marriage.
Still Glover said: "We believe that to say nothing is to be complicit in a campaign of fear mongering and demonising of LGBTI people".
Find out more about 100 Revs at www.100revs.net