Allow same-sex married couple to return to their roles at St Mary’s West Armidale

Allow same-sex married couple to return to their roles at St Mary’s West Armidale

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A Wilkinson started this petition to The Anglican Diocese of Armidale

Peter felt he had found a home and new family when he joined St Mary’s Church, West Armidale several years ago. 

Welcomed by the congregation, Peter brought joy, friendship and support to many through his role at the Church as organist and fulfilling the role of Director of Music. Last year, Peter married his partner in accordance with the Marriage Act and Peter's husband joined the organising committee for St Mary’s 125th anniversary.

But recently, the two men were advised by the Dean of the Cathedral that they are not "living in a Biblical manner" and were barred from continuing in their roles. This action is supported by the Bishop of the Armidale Diocese.

A senior representative of St Mary’s Church, acting on the Dean’s advice, informed these two lovely men, our dear friends, that they would need to separate, to live celibately, that their church attendance would require Biblical instruction and that Peter’s employment as organist and music director was terminated unless these things were done.

The two men cannot accept these conditions, and as their friends and fellow parishioners, we stand with them. Peter and his husband have brought nothing but happiness, love, and care to St Mary's. We value them as members of the congregation, and could not bear to see their loving marriage ended. 

An overwhelming majority of the congregation totally rejects the Church’s discrimination against these two men and disagrees with the interpretation and authority of Scripture as articulated by the Dean.

Our petition respectfully requests that the Anglican Diocese of Armidale:

·       Permit the two men to resume their former roles at St Mary’s West Armidale and to worship there without any restrictions relating to their marriage or lifestyle.

·       Be open to and inclusive of all;

·       Reject discrimination against the LGBTQIA community;

·       Allow for differences in theology and Biblical interpretation in the Parish

We are just a small congregation in West Armidale, but we cannot allow our dear friends to be turned away simply because of who they are, and who they love. 

Please, sign and share our petition. Thank you.

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