Following the recent statement from Gosford Anglican Church, St Michaels Church, Collins Street, Melbourne have now publicly stated support for Marriage Equality.
From St Michaels Church...
"A large rainbow sign has been placed on the Collins Street side of St Michael’s Uniting Church in a show of support for Marriage Equality. Executive Minister Rev Ric Holland says...“We stand in total opposition to the so-called Christian Lobby. Lyle Shelton’s views are homophobic and contrary to the spirit of Christianity and the teaching of Jesus, who took a firm stand on equality.”
St Michael’s is an inclusive congregation, accepting and welcoming people of all faiths, cultures, and sexuality. For many months, Rev Holland has been encouraging those attending St Michael’s Sunday Service to be “a loud voice in the field of social justice, which includes in no small part marriage equality”. Rev Holland says... “I want St Michael’s to be the first church to legally marry same-sex couples in Australia. Marriage equality is important as it is simply natural justice for all people to be treated equally. The Church in Australia should be standing up for this human right loud and clear.”
The discrimination and marginalisation experienced by the LGBTI population increase the risk of developing mental health issues and encourages community division.
“It is the churches task to stand up for people who are marginalised; to be constructive rather than destructive and to breakdown barriers rather than build walls,” says Rev Holland.