Support and affirmation of marriage rights for same-sex couples generally comes from certain Christian denominations that are considered theologically liberal. Supporting marriage rights for gays and lesbians reflects their Christ-like commitment to the equality and dignity of all people. While self-identified theological liberal organizations such as the Religious Society of Friends Quakers , support same-sex marriage, other more conservative and or orthodox organizations including some Mennonite churches, the Church of the Brethren , the Old Catholic Church ,  and the Church of Sweden  also support marriage rights for gay and lesbian persons.
Denial would come without penalty, but the priest or diocese would have to direct same-sex couples they decline to another church or priest willing to perform the ceremony. MCC has been a leading force in the development of Queer theology.
Notably in Troy Perry , the church's founder, filed the first lawsuit in the U. Perry lost that lawsuit but launched the debate over same-sex marriage in the U. Today, MCC congregations around the world perform more than same-sex marriage ceremonies annually. In , the General Assembly had approved language for the church constitution that stated church teachings were that people were "to live either in fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman or in chastity in singleness.
By , the General Assembly passed an Authoritative Interpretation permitting pastors to sign marriage licences for same-gender couples where permitted by civil law in the states where their church was found, which took immediate effect. The church allows but does not require pastors to perform same-sex weddings. The United Church now allows individual congregations to decide whether or not to perform these marriages. Homosexuality and Roman Catholicism Even within the Roman Catholic Church, there can be found a few a groups who support for same-sex marriage.
For example, while the Vatican and most of the Roman Catholic hierarchy oppose same sex marriages, there are a few Catholic theologians who support gay marriages. Helminiak ,  the Bible may be interpreted literally or within historical-cultural context. Under a literalist reading, the Bible can be read as condemning homosexuality and, by extension, gay marriage. Jude condemns sex with angels , not sex between two men.
Not a single Bible text indisputably refers to lesbian sex. And Jesus himself said nothing at all about homosexuality, not even when face to face with a man in a gay relationship.
The Bible was written for a world unlike our own. At the United States Unitarian Universalist General Assembly , delegates voted overwhelmingly that they would perform same-sex marriage ceremonies, and the church has been performing weddings with and without state sanction ever since. Homosexuality and Hinduism There are both conservative and liberal views about homosexuality and same-sex marriages in Hinduism , similar to many other religions. A liberal view is presented by Mathematician Shakuntala Devi, in her book, The World of Homosexuals, in which she interviewed Srinivasa Raghavachariar, head priest of the Srirangam temple.
He said that same-sex lovers must have been cross-sex lovers in a former life. The sex may change but the soul retains its attachments, hence the love impels these souls towards one another. People of the Third Sex, "several Gaudiya Vaishnava authorities emphasize that since everyone passes through various forms, genders and species in a series of lives, we should not judge each other by the material body but view everyone equally on a spiritual plane, and be compassionate as God is.
Several weddings took place by Hindu rites, with some family support, while the suicides resulted from families forcibly separating lovers. The millennia-long debate in Hindu society, somewhat suppressed in the colonial period, has revived. In , Hinduism Today reporter Rajiv Malik asked several Hindu swamis teachers their opinion of same-sex marriage.
They felt free to differ with each other; this is evidence of the liveliness of the debate, made possible by the fact that Hinduism has no one hierarchy or leader. We have a hundred million authorities.