Melbourne’s St Michael’s Uniting Church wants to be the first to marry a same sex couple in Australia.
The church has placed a large rainbow sign on their Collins St church to show support of same-sex marriage.
Executive Minister Rev Ric Holland said in a Facebook post:
“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.
“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.”
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”
He was critical of the discrimination and marginalisation experienced by the LGBTI population - claiming they lead to an increase the risk of developing mental health issues and encouraged 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.