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General Synod decision affirms biblical and traditional Christian teaching on marriage and human sexuality

In an overwhelming vote (approx. 68%), the General Synod of the Church of Ireland meeting in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, affirmed the traditional Christian and biblical teaching on marriage and human sexuality.

A determined attempt by revisionists to defeat the motion on 'Human Sexuality in the context of Christian belief' achieved partial success on the opening day of the Synod, when they caused the motion to be withdrawn on a technicality.

However, a revised motion was brought by the House of Bishops, which, after a number of unsuccessful attempts to weaken it through various amendments, was carried by the General Synod.

Reform Ireland thanks God for the faithful witness of the General Synod to the Bible's teaching on marriage and human sexuality and prays that it may continue to strengthen Gospel witness in Ireland.

12th May 2012
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