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REVEALED: See Names And Churches Of 77 Pastors Who Supported Gay Marriage

REVEALED: See Names And Churches Of 77 Pastors Who Supported Gay Marriage

As countries around the world and gay rights activists claim legalizing same-sex marriage is simply allowing marriage equality, Australia which has hitherto remained conservative based on the government’s deep relationship with the church is set to join the wagon of countries where gay marriage is legal as the church has now signified its support.

Marriage Equality has welcomed a letter from 77 Clergy from across Australia calling on Australians to show their support for marriage equality by making submissions to the Senate Inquiry and the House Representatives inquiry into same-sex marriage.

6 Victorian Catholic Bishops had at the weekend wrote to parishioners asking them to oppose equality for same-sex couples, but clergy men from different denominations of the church has now signified their support for same-sex marriage.The supportive clergy come from Uniting, Baptist, Anglican, Jewish, Buddhist, and other faith groups and their letter sent to 60,000 supporters reads:“As clergy from various different faiths and denominations in Australia, we believe marriage is a fundamental institution in our society. It fosters greater commitment between partners, provides children with a sense of security and stability, and strengthens ties with families and communities. Marriage is a blessing to be shared, so we encourage people of faith who support marriage equality to voice their support for the reform by responding to the House of Representatives inquiry on same-sex marriage today.”

Australian Marriage Equality National Convener, Alex Greenwich, said the Clergy were sending a clear message to decision makers in Canberra:“These Clergy value the security and recognition that comes with marriage, and are calling for this important right to be extended to loving and committed same-s*x couples.”Mr Greenwich said the letter was a sign of the growing momentum towards marriage equality: “Some of the clergy were once opposed to marriage equality, but have gone on the same journey of acceptance that a majority of Australians have”.“Despite the moves of the Victorian Catholic Church, same-sex couples and our families can be confident we now have strong support from religious leaders across the country”.The Clergy who signed the letter are listed below:

1. Rev Penny Jones, Anglican Priest, Queensland

2. Rev Leigh Neighbour, Metropolitan Community Church, Brisbane

3. Bishop-elect Timothy Mansfield, Apostolic Johannite Church Sydney,

4. Rev Bill Crews, Uniting Church Sydney

5. Rev Michael Hercock, Baptist Minister Sydney

6. Rev Dr Paul Walton, Uniting Church Minister, Queensland

7. Fr Rod Bower, Anglican Priest, Gosford NSW

8. Rev Chris Bedding, Anglican Priest, Perth

9. Rev Steve Thompson, Uniting Church Minister, South Australia

10. Rabbi Shoshana Kaminsky, Adelaide

11. Rev Eileen Ray, Uniting Church Minister, Victoria

12. Rev Shane Andersen DD, Senior Pastor, Outreach Ministries Church Fellowship, Sydney

13. Rev Natasha Darke, Anglican Priest, Adelaide

14. Rev Julie Leaves, Anglican Priest, Brisbane

15. Rev Canon Dr Nigel Leaves, St John’s Anglican Cathedral, Brisbane

16. Pastor Karl Hand, Metropolitan Community Church, Sydney

17. Rev Dr Rowland Croucher, Baptist Minister, Victoria

18. Rev John Clapton, Anglican Priest, Perth

19. Rev Boris Kleiner, Church Of the First Creation, Queensland

20. Rev Roger Munson, St James Uniting Church, Canberra

21. Rev Dr Jonathan Inkpin, Anglican Rector of the Parish of St Luke, Toowoomba

22. Rev Susan Pickering, Uniting Church Minister, Brisbane

23. Rev Jonathan Chambers, Senior Anglican Chaplain, Victoria

24. Rev Dr Ian Mavor OAM, Uniting Church Minister, Queensland

25. Fr Thomas Leslie, Anglican Priest, Victoria

26. Rev Dr Avril Hannah-Jones, Uniting Church Minister, Victoria

27. Rev Dr Craig de Vos, Uniting Church Minister, South Australia

28. Rev Tony Johnson, Uniting Church Minister, Victoria

29. Rev Canon John Fowler, Anglican Priest, Victoria

30. Rev Andrew Prior, Uniting Church, South Australia

31. Rev Joan Riley, Anglican Priest, South Australia

32. Rev Judy Redman, Uniting Church Minister, New South Wales

33. Rev Murray Fysh, Uniting Church Minister, Queensland

34. Rev Andrew Eaton, Anglican Priest, Victoria.

35. Rev Dennis Webster, Anglican Priest, Victoria.

36. Rev Josie Nottle, Uniting Church Minister, Queensland.

37. Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins, Senior Rabbi, New South Wales.

38. Rev Tracey Gracey, Anglican Priest, South Australia.

39. Rev John Maddern, Uniting Church, Past Moderator, South Australia.

40. Rev Peter Weeks, Uniting Church Minister, Victoria.

41. Fr Stephen Clark, Anglican Parish Priest, Blackwood, SA

42. Rev Bruce Stocks, Anglican Priest, Adelaide SA

43. Rev Caro Field, Uniting Church Minister, Victoria.

44. Rev Dr Geoffrey D Scott, Uniting Church Minister (ret.), South Australia.

45. Rev Bill Harris, Deacon, Uniting Church, South Australia.

46. Rabbi Jonathan Keren-Black, Victoria.

47. Rev Christine Garner, Uniting Church Minister (ret.), South Australia.

48. Rev Dr Michael Godfrey, Anglican Priest, Northern Territory.

49. Rev Leanne Jane Jenski, Uniting Church minister, South Australia.

50. Rev Susan Wickham, Uniting Church minister, South Australia.

51. Rev Brendan Byrne, Uniting Church minister, Victoria.

52. Rabbi Paul Jacobson, New South Wales.

53. Rev Andrew Mintern, Anglican Priest, South Australia.

54. Rev Sandy Brodine, Uniting Church minister, Victoria.

55. Rabbi Jacki Ninio, New South Wales.

56. Rev Lucas Taylor, Church of Christ minister, Victoria.

57. Rev Mark J Dunn, Uniting Church minister, Victoria.

58. Rev Dr Christopher Page, Baptist minister, Victoria.

59. Wilma Davidson, Clerk, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), ACT.

60. Pastor Nathan Nettleton, Baptist minister, Victoria.

61. Rev Narelle Oliver-Braddock, Priest, United Ecumenical Catholic Church, Queensland.

62. Rabbi Roy Freeman, Melbourne.

63. Rev Ian Hunter, Uniting Church minister, South Australia.

64. Prof Emeritus Rev Gary D Bouma, Anglican Priest, Victoria.

65. Shaku Jo’on Gregg Heathcote, Shin Buddhist priest, New South Wales.

66. Rev Matt Glover, Baptist Minister, Victoria.

67. Rev Michaela Tiller, Uniting Church minister, South Australia.

68. Rev Peter McDonald, Uniting Church minister, South Australia.

69. Rev Don Catford, Uniting Church minister (past Moderator), South Australia.

70. Rev David Hunnerup, Uniting Church minister, Tasmania.

71. Rev Tony Duncan, Uniting Church minister, Tasmania.

72. Rev Colin Gurteen, Uniting Church minister, Tasmania.

73. Ms Ann Hamblin, Correspondent, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), WA.

74. Ms Jennifer Hole, Correspondent, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), WA.

75. Rev Ojitha Goonetilleke, Uniting Church minister, Victoria.

76. Rev Dr Richard Mallaby, Baptist minister, Victoria.


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