Friday, March 02, 2007

US, Nigerian Anglicans Seek New Solutions for Same Sex Unions and Gay Ordination
By Howard Lesser Washington, DC
02 March 2007

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A pending bill in Nigeria that would introduce stiff criminal penalties for same sex marriages and public displays of affection among homosexuals is drawing strong criticism from human rights groups. Introduction of the legislation comes on the heels of a meeting last month in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania of the Anglican Communion, the world’s third largest Christian denomination. That church has been sharply split between traditional Church leaders representing Africa and the developing world and some Anglican clergy from the United States over same sex unions and the consecration of gay bishops. The Reverend Canon Kendall Harmon is Chief Theologian for the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina. He explains how difficult it has been for Anglicans to find common ground on an issue that deals with protecting the civil liberties of minorities, including the rights of homosexuals.
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