Churches say no to Same-sex couple wedding

first_img‘It pains us to say no’: Church refuses to marry Kāpiti coupleStuff 25 September 2017A same-sex couple have been refused a church wedding … Saunders contacted St Peter’s Anglican Church to book the wedding… She believed the local priest and congregation were not opposed to the marriage, but the Anglican Church’s national rules forbade it. They then turned to St James’ Church in the town, run by the multi-denominational Kapiti Uniting Parish, which initially agreed, but later refused because of opposition within the congregation. They were also told it was because of problems with earthquake-proofing at the church. The couple are now scrambling to find a new venue in time for the December wedding – at which St James minister the Rev Cornelia Grant, a Methodist, has said she will officiate.… Archdeacon Julie Rokotakala, vicar of the Kāpiti Anglican parish, said the nationwide church rules “currently uphold Christian marriage as a union of a man and a woman”. Priests were not allowed to officiate same-sex marriages. “Some would indeed view this as a form of discrimination, and it must feel discriminatory to the couple … the priest to whom the inquiry was directed initially sought to convey both her frustration that the church is where it is, and her concern for the couple.” Rokotakala said “it pains many of us in this province” that slow decision-making on changes came at a cost to people waiting to be treated as full members of the church. However, she added, “a decision to ignore these rules could result in disciplinary action against a clergy person”. Grant said the Kāpiti Uniting Parish did not feel “100 per cent happy” about the wedding, which could have split the three denominations it represents. The church was also earthquake-prone and, with about 120 guests expected, she had safety concerns. The church still holds Sunday services for smaller numbers. Grant said Presbyterians in the parish were “100 per cent” opposed to the wedding in the church.… Chairman of the parish council Sydney Mepham said there would be no marriages in the church while it did not meet earthquake standards. A spokeswoman for the Human Rights Commission said that, under law, people getting married could not demand a celebrant or clergy member conduct their service. A minister was not obliged to perform a marriage if it contravened the beliefs of the religious body to which he or she belonged. “While we can’t comment specifically on individual cases, anyone who believes they have been discriminated against is able to contact our inquiries and complaints team to talk through their options.”READ MORE: read more

Bruce defends Tigers swarm

first_imgHull boss Steve Bruce has accused Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez of faking injury and insists his club will “vigorously defend” a Football Association charge arising from last weekend’s goalless draw at the King Power Stadium. Press Association Bruce said: “I’ve got the highest respect for Mahrez but the way he rolled around the pitch is something which for me we’ve got to stamp out because I think that’s what incenses all of us. “The frustration was that he was blatantly trying to get somebody sent off. We surrounded the referee because it was a perfectly fair challenge and we will vigorously defend it. “I’m not saying the reaction of the players (was right), but there was an injustice and the one thing we have to stamp out more than anything is players rolling around faking injuries.” Tom Huddlestone’s sending-off in the same fixture means the former Tottenham man will be suspended for the visit of Jose Mourinho’s men while Nikica Jelavic is facing at least six weeks on the sidelines following knee surgery. And Bruce believes Chelsea’s exit from continental competition could count against the Tigers as they look to boost their survival chances by claiming more valuable points against the biggest teams in the division. Bruce added: “Jose has focused his attention straight back on the Premier League. The one thing (the exit) has done for them is refocus them because they haven’t got that distraction and they are near-on certainties to go on and win the league. “Chelsea are the team everybody is trying to beat. You can’t see them, five points clear and with a game in hand, blowing the situation. But we need a result ourselves because we’ve got some tough games ahead.” Meanwhile Bruce revealed he had spoken briefly with Paul Ince over son Tom’s decision this week to no longer make himself available for the England Under-21s. Ince, currently on loan at Derby, played in all of the Under-21s’ successful European Championship qualifying campaign but informed boss Gareth Southgate this week he did not wish to be considered for the squad. Bruce said: “I had a quick word with his father at Derby this week and it has been their decision, but whatever decision they take of course we will back. “I haven’t really spoken to Tom himself about it, but I will go and speak to him and see what his ideas are. He has had a long, tough season playing with various clubs.” The Tigers were charged with failing to control their players following a 68th-minute incident in which they surrounded referee Jonathan Moss after Alex Bruce was booked for his challenge on the Foxes winger. But ahead of Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Chelsea – who were also accused of badgering the referee during their UEFA Champions League match at home to Paris St Germain recently – Bruce says Mahrez’s alleged offence is more serious. last_img read more

Courtside: Andy Enfield could have a lot riding on USC’s Saturday game

first_imgIf you’re looking for intrigue surrounding USC’s Saturday showdown with UCLA, you don’t have to look very hard. The Trojans have a first-round bye in the Pac-12 Tournament to play for, a March Madness berth to earn and a crosstown rival to gain bragging rights over for the second time this season. A win in this game alone shouldn’t cool Enfield’s seat entirely, but it would go a long way toward putting USC in March Madness, which should. Plus, not to mention, it would likely spoil UCLA’s comeback season and hamper its chances at a March Madness berth, and it’s no secret that the athletic department loves seeing the Bruins fail. If the Trojans were to fall to UCLA, they’d have to dig themselves out of a hole larger than one win against one of said bottom feeders. They’d have to take care of business in the first round, then go and handle a tough opponent such as Colorado or Arizona State in the quarterfinal, and at that point, they would need a win to avoid dropping two out of their last three games against good but far from unbeatable opponents — not a great look for a bubble team ahead of the tourney.  Yes, Enfield has brought in several solid recruiting classes since taking over, notably No. 7 in 2019, No. 18 in 2018 and No. 19 in 2014. No, it’s not quite Duke, which has had four top classes and six top-three in that span, but it’s solid nonetheless. The parallels, while parallel, aren’t exact. Helton’s seat was hotter entering the season, his team wasn’t as good, the cold stretch was longer, the letdowns were more letdown-y.  Let’s start with the tangible ramifications of the matchup, because there are plenty, and they all tie back into Enfield. After USC’s huge wins against Arizona and Arizona State, I’ve heard a lot of people claim the Trojans now need to win just one more game to get into the Big Dance, whether that win comes Saturday at Galen or next week in Vegas. That seems awfully overgenerous and oversimplified. Yes, UCLA has been playing great basketball recently, and a win would certainly stand out on the Trojans’ resume. But if USC were to knock off UCLA at home but then lose to some subpar team like Washington or Oregon State in the first round of the Pac-12 tourney, is that really enough? Can the selection committee accept a team which has not only failed to pick up a truly impressive win away from home all year, but has also shown an inability to take care of a conference bottom feeder when the stakes are high? Look, I really don’t like framing other USC sports teams in the context of the football program, but this one just feels too obvious. The Trojans started off the season hot and looked promising, then hit a cold stretch in the middle of the season. Eventually, they got out of it, but not before fans started calling for the job (or head, in football’s case) of the head coach. Then they picked it up at the end of the season and set themselves up for a huge showdown against their most hated rival.  But one thing about this game that shouldn’t fly under the radar of USC fans (but probably will fly under the radar of those in control at Heritage Hall) is how Saturday could change the fate of head coach Andy Enfield. And what do the Trojans have to show for it? Two March Madness appearances? Two combined wins in those tournaments — one of them coming in the First Four? What good is strong recruiting when it doesn’t turn into wins?  But if USC can take care of UCLA and earn a spot in the second round in Vegas — whether that’s via a bye or a first-round win — the Trojans will be sitting in the driver’s seat for cracking March Madness. It will also put Enfield in the driver’s seat for keeping his job. And while the topic hasn’t been publicized much, if athletic director Mike Bohn and other department officials haven’t started having conversations about Enfield’s future with the program, well, they should.  I understand this team is young and inexperienced. But in today’s college basketball landscape, that’s what coaches have to deal with. What plagues this team at times is indiscipline, and that has to be an indictment on the coaching staff.  But Bohn’s apparent approach to the situation was telling. Like he said in his introductory press conference at John McKay Center Nov. 7, good programs finish strong.  But that’s the problem: They haven’t made the tournament since 2017. And if this year’s group can’t do it, there has to be a long look into whether the program is under the right leadership.  And that starts tomorrow. Nathan Ackerman is a sophomore writing about sports. He is also an associate managing editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Courtside,” runs every Friday. Enfield and the Trojans have established themselves as a good program. But they have to finish strong.  One coach came out on top in that regular season finale, and I hold that had he not, he’d have been long gone. The other, we’ll see.  On the surface, this looks like an unquestionably successful season for a team that isn’t known as a traditional NCAA basketball powerhouse. The Trojans are 21-9 and have played themselves into the conversation for the NCAA Tournament, which they haven’t made since 2017.last_img read more