Finally there is a response to the disgusting laws recently passed in Uganda and Nigeria
Dear Friends and Colleagues in Christ,
Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia continue to wrestle with divergent
views on many aspects of human sexuality, and on a Christian response to
the marriage or blessing of same gender couples in particular. However,
we believe that all Anglicans are united in condemning homophobic
attitudes or the persecution of people on the basis of their sexual
Many of us will have seen reports this week (eg: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-26320102
) that Uganda’s President has signed into law a bill that toughens penalties for gay people.
new law includes the provision of life sentences for certain of these
new ‘crimes’, and the legislation appears to have been passed with the
encouragement of Uganda’s Joint Christian Council – which includes the
country’s Catholic, Orthodox and Anglican bishops.
Resolution 1:10 from the 1998 Lambeth Conference, which encouraged
Anglicans throughout our Communion “to minister pastorally and
sensitively to all, irrespective of sexual orientation and to condemn
irrational fear of homosexuals...”
We note with dismay these
developments in Uganda, and encourage you to remember that country,
those placed further at risk by these laws, and those who lead the
Church and the state in Uganda, in your prayers.
Archbishop Brown Turei
Archbishop Philip Richardson
Archbishop Winston Halapua
New Zealand has topped a new global index ranking armed forces for inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexuals and transgender soldiers, with Australia rating in fifth place.
The LGBT Military Index assesses admittance, tolerance,
exclusion or persecution of homosexuals to measure 103 armies
worldwide, the Hague-based Centre for Strategic Studies
New Zealand topped the index and the Netherlands and UK
ranked joint second with Sweden coming in fourth.
The US, at 40th, ranked below Romania. Nigeria came last in
The think-tank noted that New Zealand had produced a video
for the "It Gets Better" project, which reached out to young
people struggling with their sexuality.
In the video, introduced by then Defence Force chief
Lieutenant General Rhys Jones, nine defence force members
spoke of being scared to tell their friends and family about
"I was gay, and that was how it was, and it wasn't going to
change for me," says a corporal.
"Could I just live with a girl anyway, and still have the
kids and the dog and the white picket fence?" says a flight
The video ends with each member saying things get better.
At the start of the video, the NZ Defence Force says it is
proud to be an organisation that accepts its LGBT staff.