Church praised for blessing LGBTIQ marriages: "It really is fantastic"

Church praised for blessing LGBTIQ marriages: "It really is fantastic"

LGBTIQ activists and organisations have praised the Anglican Diocese of Saldanha Bay church after it voted in favour of same-gender marriages.

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Recently, the Anglican Diocese of Saldanha Bay voted in favour of blessing marriages of LGBTIQ couples in the church.

The church, which MSN reported stretches from the northern suburbs of Cape Town to the Namibian border, wants LGBTIQ couples to receive the same blessing as heterosexual couples do in the churches.

Church praised for blessing LGBTIQ marriages: "It really is fantastic"

Church praised for blessing LGBTIQ marriages. Photo credit: Anglican Diocese of Saldanha Bay/Facebook
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And, it's backing of the LGBTIQ relationships received some major praise from Free Gender, a Khayelitsha gender rights organisation.

Free Gender activist Funeka Soldaat said the church vote shows there was progress in the fight for equality of same-gender marriages.

“We have been fighting for years for the church to open up, so it really is fantastic," she said, adding that the church was aware of the violence the LGBTIQ community faced.

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Church praised for blessing LGBTIQ marriages: "It really is fantastic"

Free Gender activist Funeka Soldaat. Photo credit: Funeka Soldaat/Facebook
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Soldaat added it was important that a conversation was started to help their campaign.

“It's nice when we hear about some of these developments. It's good when we start a conversation about this and it is definitely assisting our campaign," she said.

More steps towards gender equality were made during the Provincial Standing Committee, where Archbishop Thabo Makgoba instructed Bishop Raphael Hess to compile guidelines for those in LGBTIQ relationships by September 2018, Briefly.co.za learned.

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