Uniting Church calls for marriage equality
Members of the LGBTI community and their friends and allies met at the 11th national conference of the Uniting Church on the long weekend to call for the church to adopt a policy of inclusivity for LGBTI people.
Issues discussed were the needs of justice for LGBTI people in terms of legislation such as marriage equality.
“There were many things we celebrated about the Uniting Church”, said Convenor Warren Talbot. “Uniting Church members place a high value on being inclusive.”
Talbot said that the conference held a constructive dialogue with the national head of the Uniting Church, the Revd Prof. Andrew Dutney; and the NSW leader, the Revd Dr Brian Brown.
“There are many areas where the Uniting Church can do more to welcome and affirm LGBTI people, our partners and children”, Talbot said.
The outcome of the conference was s series of specific proposals to the church including:
The conference’s specific proposals to the Church include:
Support for marriage equality.
Safe programs for LGBTI students in Uniting Church schools.
Non-discrimination for LGBTI staff and service users in community services and aged care.
Overseas aid programs to support LGBTI communities.