Sermon by Fr.Kelvin, Dean of St.Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow

Should straight people be allowed to get married – a sermon preached on 30 July 2017

by Kelvin

The question that remains with me after all these years of debate about marriage has still not been resolved, even after this year’s General Synod.

I’ve read theological opinions about marriage. I’ve debated about marriage. I’ve gone on the radio to talk about marriage. I’ve spent my time wishin’, and hoping and praying that we would change our discipline on marriage.

And still I feel as though the big question remains unresolved. Unconsidered even.

The question is this… Read more of this post

Fr. Kelvin, Provost of the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Mary’s, Glasgow, is an outspoken supporter of LGBTI people in the Episcopal Church of Scotland. His sermon in his Cathedral recently follows upon S.E.C.”s General Synod declaration of the right of Same-Sex committed partners to have their relationship blessed in SEC Churches.
His description of the situation of marriage contracts in the Old Testament, which often seemed to be more about the rights of men to determine the marriageability of their women-folk, speaks of an attitude towards marriage that differs significantly from the modern understanding of Christian marriage.
Whatever one’s thoughts about the modern understanding of the marriage bond, it is something very different from the patriarchal idea of female subordination. Nor is it dependent upon the production of children. No longer does the Church lay upon the partners in a marriage the responsibility of producing and raising of children.
Inevitablt, this leaves open the possibility of marriage relationships that are not necessarily open to the raising up of a future generation. Also, it allows for children to be legally adopted into a family that does not consist of a binary couple – a situation that enables a same-sex couple to nurture children they have legally taken into their protectiove care.
Fr.Kelvin postulates the more open prospect of marriage for same-sex couples – on the basis of their natural affinity and desire for a fruitful and mutually rewarding life of commitment to one another. Surely this cannot be against the will of God for loving relationships for all prepared to make the commitment of loving faithfulness to one another?
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand (currently in Amsterdam)

About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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