Victorian Church Refuses To Marry Couple Who Support Same-Sex Marriage

Couple told to find a new church

15 September 2017

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A Victorian church has refused to marry a couple over their support for same-sex marriage.

Ballarat-based Ebenezer St John's Presbyterian Church Minister Steve North told the couple he would no longer marry them and that they could not hold their ceremony at the church, over a pro-same-sex marriage Facebook post by the bride-to-be, the Age reports.

"I know it's something not everyone will agree on and that's fine but this is what I stand for and frankly it doesn't effect [sic] my relationship with [my partner] one bit," she commented, stating she'd be voting "yes". 

Days later the was pulled aside by her minister, saying they would not be able to get married in his church. 

He wrote in a letter, which has been shared with The Age:

"After the pre-marital counselling that you attended and the sermons delivered at Ebenezer on this subject, you must surely appreciate that your commitment to same-sex marriage opposes the teaching of Christ Jesus and the scriptural position practiced by the Presbyterian Church of Australia and by me," he wrote.

Presbyterian Church of Victoria assembly clerk John Wilson told AAP ministers are allowed to decide who they did and did not marry and Ebenezer St John's has been contacted for comment.

The couple involved wish to remain anonymous. 

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