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“Marriage for all” divides the Reformed. Shortly before the vote in the Federation of Churches, national resistance forms.

It is an organized uprising against the top of the church. Around 60 Reformed pastors and theologians passed a declaration against “marriage for all” this week in Zurich. They will refuse to give marriage blessings to homosexual couples.

"Marriage for everyone is a millennium issue and for us it is also a break with the Bible," says Lukas Zünd from the organizing committee. The church leadership wants people to “march with the rainbow flags and shout hurray”. But those present felt that their conscience was bound to the Bible.

The President of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches, Gottfried Locher, spoke out in favor of “marriage for all” in the summer. Since then there has been a fire in the roof. According to observers, the majority of the Reformed share Locher's opinion, but the members of the cantonal churches have not yet been able to agree on a common position.

Sharp debate in the canton of Zurich

The debate is particularly sharp in the canton of Zurich. Progressive, urban ones contrasted with more conservative parishes in the Oberland. And the President of the Church Council of Zurich, Michel Müller, is a particularly ardent advocate of “marriage for all”.

«The core message of the Church is love. And when people love each other, then it's a gift from God and we can't help but bless », he says. For Müller, it's about equality. All people are equal before God.

The opponents, however, argue with tradition and the Bible. Marriage for homosexuals is a very young idea, says Willi Honegger, pastor in Bauma. "Marriage in the Christian-Jewish sense - as a connection between man and woman - on the other hand, has a 3000 year tradition."

These cannot simply be thrown overboard. "It is not the task of the church to do what is currently in vogue."

Battle of the camps

The conservative Reformed fear a dam break. Gay marriage brings with it the right to adoption, and access to reproductive medicine will follow, Honegger is convinced. And that is completely wrong from a Christian point of view. "It's like a new idolatry: we are leveraging nature because we want it different." Christian faith must oppose this with the message of humility.

“Marriage for all” has torn a rift between conservative and progressive forces in the Reformed Church. As President of the Church Council, he has to accept that, says Michel Müller, because it is about basic values.

Will there be an agreement in November?

The Zurich church has apologized for the discrimination against homosexuals, this should be enforced. «I want everyone to feel safe, protected and welcome. That is my job as a manager. "

At the beginning of November, the Assembly of Representatives of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches wants to agree on a common position on “marriage for all”. No matter how clear the agreement may be, it is clear to the opponents: They will refuse to trust homosexual couples.

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  • Comment from Irene Dirren (Rugi64)
    Since the Bible is the foundation of faith and not the state, it cannot be decided by the state either. As far as I know, the marriage covenant in the Bible is never mentioned between same-sex couples, so theologians should check whether this is even possible. I can understand the pastors very well, but also the homosexuals who believe in God and want to be married in church. It is a very difficult task to do the right thing.
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  • Comment from James Klausner (Harder11)
    We do not want to forget that pastors and priests receive their wages from the state, the state collects tax money for the churches and many of the church social institutions are subsidized by the state. The pastors are not that free in their decisions. If you can't deal with this situation, you just look for a job with a free church. I don't believe in the myth of legions of gays who now want to claim the ceremonial service of the churches.
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  • Comment from Francis Waeber (Francis Waeber)
    I assume that the Federal Supreme Court will deal with the issue in the not too distant future. By then, at the latest, the case is clear. Therefore, I actually consider this discussion to be obsolete.
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    1. answer from Markus Guggisberg (gugmar)
      @Francis Waeber: The BG is not responsible for church affairs!
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    2. answer from Francis Waeber (Francis Waeber)
      @Markus Guggisberg - but for constitutional questions! The churches also have to abide by the constitution. Point!
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    3. answer from James Klausner (Harder11)
      @ Guggisberg: You are not quite properly informed. The separation of church and state has only been partially implemented in Switzerland. Indeed, many church affairs are governed by the state. Whether a pastor / priest is actually allowed to refuse baptisms, weddings and funerals remains to be determined.
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