In his opening remarks, Devadass admitted that the talk dealt with an exciting and controversial topic. As such, the afternoon provided an opportunity for the participants to have a better grasp of same-sex attractions and marriages. Continuing his talk on same-sex attractions, Devadass spoke of a contemporary world where the lines of morality are blurred. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women's rights, trafficking, property rights, climate change and resilience. Although Jesus did not change the teaching, he was pastoral in his approach and refused to exclude her. While I do not totally agree with Farley, I find many of her arguments refreshing and fair. Here are five of the biggest gains for LGBT rights in
But Malaysians in general have not been hostile toward him, he said.
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The victories brought the number of openly transgender elected officials to 11 from six. From the very beginning, the Church has always insisted on teachings and pastoral care. Marriage has been redefined both in and outside the Church, and continues to be redefined right to this day. This article Christian and gay: Same-sex unions became legal in four more countries - Finland, Germany, Malta and Australia - inwhile Taiwan is getting closer to become the first place in Asia which would allow gay couples to wed. Sexuality, Love, and Eroticism in Modern Societies1 st ed.
NECF Malaysia has, in the past, spoken out against policing morality based on the tenets of a particular religion 1. I am gratified that the tone which Devadass set for the talk was one of respect, acceptance and a genuine quest to understand LGBTIQ people within and outside the Church. I find these arguments very weak. When Joe Pang, a young Malaysian-Chinese pastor, told the leader of his Kuala Lumpur-based church that he was gay, his senior pastor had one response: NECF Malaysia consistently upholds religious freedom in Article 11 and the provisions of fundamental rights including free speech enshrined in the Federation Constitution. A situation in which a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender person marries or engages in sexual activity with someone of the same sex out of love or other mutually-agreed conditions is very different from another situation in which the intention is based on revenge, jealousy, violence, manipulation or selfishness. Human sexuality goes beyond physical appearance and sexual orientation, as it defines the way people think and are.