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Churches discuss gay issue

(Wednesday, September 07, 2005)

CHRISTIAN churches have started discussions on the criminalisation of homosexuality, with a live televised debate to be aired on TBN Christian television this Friday.

The Methodist Church, Christian Mission Fellow-ship and the Assemblies of God are some denominations that will be at the forum.

Methodist church assistant general secretary Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu confirmed the debate and said this would be the first step the churches would take to address the issue.

The gay issue was publicly debated after Australian Thomas McCosker was acquitted by the High Court for engaging in homosexual activities.

Pastor Suliasi Kurulo will represent CMF while Pastor Pita Cili will represent the Assemblies of God.

The Methodist church has planned a protest march to be supported by the other two denominations.

Reverend Waqairatu said his church had not discussed the matter but was not ruling out the possibility.

"It was a motion at our conference but we have not really discussed the issue as yet and until the church sits down to discuss it, we may confirm it," Reverend Waqairatu said.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church has also voiced its concerns about the debate on same-sex marriages.

Seventh-day general secretary Pastor Usaia Baravi said while it did not condone discrimination, it did not support same sex marriages either.

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