History Overview Cartoon from Punch magazine in illustrating the use of "gay" as a colloquial euphemism for being a prostitute. The word gay arrived in English during the 12th century from Old French gai, most likely deriving ultimately from a Germanic source.
Statements by the Society of Friends Quakers Sponsored link. Quaker congregations are almost completely autonomous. There exists no central general assembly or main authority within the Society of Friends which can make definitive statements of policy for the entire denomination.
Instead, Quakers have regional "meetings" at which a group of congregations gather. Most Christians and Christian groups can be sorted into three categories: Quakers cover the full range.
This is displayed in their beliefs about homosexuality and bisexuality. The following are excerpts taken from their statements on the topic, sorted in chronological order: Can we not say that God can enter any relationship in which there is a measure of selfless love? No discrimination is found among Quakers in terms of employment policies.
However, there are some Quakers who are very unhappy about the subject of Homosexual marriage. Most British Quakers, while finding much inspiration in the Bible, would not use it as the final or only authority.
We believe in obedience to the same spirit of God that inspired the writers of the Bible and that we feel can speak directly to people today.
We remember that the writers of the New Testament accepted the institution of slavery but Christians no longer keep slaves.
Parts of the New Testament seem to support the argument against the ordination of women but several churches now ordain women. Within Quakerism we feel it is very important for ideas to be treated by careful and prayerful consideration by the larger Quaker community - which may take a long time.
The meeting issued the following statement on MAR: By tradition, the Meeting recognizes committed union in a celebration of marriage under the care of the Meeting.
The same loving care and consideration should be given to both same-sex and heterosexual applicants as outlined in Faith and Practice. Furthermore, we attest that this belief embraces all persons regardless of sexual orientation.
The love between these couples, as it grows, will enrich their relationship, the Meeting, and the world at large. The Meeting is committed to supporting these couples according to their needs.
Mindful that only the heterosexual couples among us currently have the right to legally sanctioned marriage and its privileges, the Meeting asks Friends, and particularly couples preparing for marriage, to examine how best to respond and bear witness to the inequalities still present in the system.
They issued a statement on JAN which says in part: We reject and utterly oppose homosexual activity, especially the "blessing" of same sex unions, as sinful and displeasing to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
The gospel of Jesus welcomes all who turn to Him in the hope of a new and remade life.Gay is a term that primarily refers to a homosexual person or the trait of being homosexual. The term was originally used to mean "carefree", "cheerful", or "bright and showy".
The term's use as a reference to homosexuality may date as early as the late 19th century, but its use gradually increased in the 20th century. In modern English, gay has come to be used as an adjective, and as a noun. With the Supreme Court Hearings last week on homosexual unions—and Obama’s own endorsement—Jews are at the forefront in promoting ‘gay’ marriage.
Jewish leaders like billionaire’s Sheldon Adelson, Michael Bloomberg, and Marc Stern of . Mar 22, · At Starbucks’ annual meeting in Seattle on Wednesday a shareholder complained to the chief executive, Howard Schultz, that the company had lost customers because of its support for gay marriage.
A symbol used by the Marriage Project, a pro-LGBT group. 1. A symbol used by the Family Research Council, an evangelical Christian group. 2. Marriage Equality and the UCC; Sign on: "Open Letter to Religious Leaders on Marriage Equality" Resources; Press Releases; Links Watch Faith and Morality Play Major Roles in Gay Marriage Debate on PBS.
Aspects of religion and morality have been used as the basis for arguments by both sides of the debate on same-sex marriage. British Quakers: In , British Quakers published a book "Towards a Quaker View of Sex". 10 It put forth the argument that it was not the gender and sexual orientation of a person that mattered; it was the depth of feeling they have for each other.