Bournemouth hosts the first gay wedding to be held in a UK church

Bournemouth Echo: HISTORIC MOMENT: Rev Dwayne Morgan presides over a same-sex wedding at the Metropolitan Community Church in Bournemouth HISTORIC MOMENT: Rev Dwayne Morgan presides over a same-sex wedding at the Metropolitan Community Church in Bournemouth

THE first gay wedding in a UK church has taken place in Bournemouth.

Although there have been many same-sex marriage ceremonies since the law first allowed them on March 29, the town’s Metropolitan Community Church says it is the first religious building to host one.

Jan Tipper and Barb Burden, long-standing members of the church in Hannington Road, Pokesdown, were married by priest and pastor the Rev Dwayne Morgan.

He said: “We have been offering wedding services for same-sex couples for many years in our church because we believe that God blesses the love of two people no matter what their gender. But to finally have the government fully recognise their love by giving them complete legal status as a married couple is a blessing for everyone.” He added: “We are grateful to all those who have struggled for the rights of gay people for so many years that has led us to this historic day.”

Ms Burden said: “We were surprised when Mr Morgan told us we’d be the first in a church. As it’s been approved since March 29, we assumed there had already been others who had taken advantage.”

Ms Tipper said: “We’re lucky that we found MCC 15 years ago. It’s been an important part of our lives and our relationship. To get married in our church was very significant to us. “Even though we’ve been together for almost 19 years it didn’t feel right for us to have just a blessing or even a civil partnership.” The Metropolitan Community Church was established in Bourne-mouth in 1979 and is associated with the Universal Fellowship of Metro-politan Community Churches which has churches in over 40 countries. Mr Morgan said: “We have been blessing gay couples for over three decades since our beginnings in the 1970s so we’re glad the government has finally caught up with us.”

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7:19am Mon 14 Apr 14

bsjc1234 says...

Can anyone explain to me this obsession the echo has with gay weddings? They may wish to report there was a lovely wedding at the Priory over the weekend.
Can anyone explain to me this obsession the echo has with gay weddings? They may wish to report there was a lovely wedding at the Priory over the weekend. bsjc1234
  • Score: 11

8:08am Mon 14 Apr 14

nickynoodah says...

The Metropolitan Community Church was established in Bourne-mouth in 1979
OK OK don't ram it down our throats for **** sake.
The Metropolitan Community Church was established in Bourne-mouth in 1979 OK OK don't ram it down our throats for **** sake. nickynoodah
  • Score: -11

8:20am Mon 14 Apr 14

djd says...

And just how many 'normal' weddings took place this weekend?
And just how many 'normal' weddings took place this weekend? djd
  • Score: -16

8:22am Mon 14 Apr 14

skydriver says...

I thought this was not allowed in a church, as you can gather I don't approve of gay marriage, I don't have a problem with the partnership, and no no one will change my mind.
I thought this was not allowed in a church, as you can gather I don't approve of gay marriage, I don't have a problem with the partnership, and no no one will change my mind. skydriver
  • Score: -7

8:31am Mon 14 Apr 14

rozmister says...

skydriver wrote:
I thought this was not allowed in a church, as you can gather I don't approve of gay marriage, I don't have a problem with the partnership, and no no one will change my mind.
It isn't compulsory in a church but it's not banned in a church. Most churches preach homosexual relationships are wrong and so choose not to host same sex weddings but the more liberal ones who support it can choose to hold them.
[quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: I thought this was not allowed in a church, as you can gather I don't approve of gay marriage, I don't have a problem with the partnership, and no no one will change my mind.[/p][/quote]It isn't compulsory in a church but it's not banned in a church. Most churches preach homosexual relationships are wrong and so choose not to host same sex weddings but the more liberal ones who support it can choose to hold them. rozmister
  • Score: 16

9:30am Mon 14 Apr 14

BarrHumbug says...

rozmister wrote:
skydriver wrote:
I thought this was not allowed in a church, as you can gather I don't approve of gay marriage, I don't have a problem with the partnership, and no no one will change my mind.
It isn't compulsory in a church but it's not banned in a church. Most churches preach homosexual relationships are wrong and so choose not to host same sex weddings but the more liberal ones who support it can choose to hold them.
I expect that will change over time. There was a time when you couldn't remarry in a church if you were divorced, now they don't give a monkeys, anything to get people through the door. Desperate times call for desperate measures?
[quote][p][bold]rozmister[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: I thought this was not allowed in a church, as you can gather I don't approve of gay marriage, I don't have a problem with the partnership, and no no one will change my mind.[/p][/quote]It isn't compulsory in a church but it's not banned in a church. Most churches preach homosexual relationships are wrong and so choose not to host same sex weddings but the more liberal ones who support it can choose to hold them.[/p][/quote]I expect that will change over time. There was a time when you couldn't remarry in a church if you were divorced, now they don't give a monkeys, anything to get people through the door. Desperate times call for desperate measures? BarrHumbug
  • Score: -17

10:07am Mon 14 Apr 14

SwivelEyedLoon says...

djd wrote:
And just how many 'normal' weddings took place this weekend?
This was a 'Normal' wedding.
[quote][p][bold]djd[/bold] wrote: And just how many 'normal' weddings took place this weekend?[/p][/quote]This was a 'Normal' wedding. SwivelEyedLoon
  • Score: 11

10:25am Mon 14 Apr 14

elite50 says...

bsjc1234 wrote:
Can anyone explain to me this obsession the echo has with gay weddings? They may wish to report there was a lovely wedding at the Priory over the weekend.
You have obviously never heard of the newspaper editors favourite line.
"Good news does not sell newspapers".
No-one cares about normal every-day happenings. It is only the odd events that raise interest.
Hence the interest in a so called wedding by a church that was invented a few years ago.
[quote][p][bold]bsjc1234[/bold] wrote: Can anyone explain to me this obsession the echo has with gay weddings? They may wish to report there was a lovely wedding at the Priory over the weekend.[/p][/quote]You have obviously never heard of the newspaper editors favourite line. "Good news does not sell newspapers". No-one cares about normal every-day happenings. It is only the odd events that raise interest. Hence the interest in a so called wedding by a church that was invented a few years ago. elite50
  • Score: -11

10:29am Mon 14 Apr 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Dear oh dear oh dear oh dear. This terribleness just keeps rolling along unabated. I expect that if the lefties get their way it will be legal to marry your brother or sister or your dog in 20 years time.
Dear oh dear oh dear oh dear. This terribleness just keeps rolling along unabated. I expect that if the lefties get their way it will be legal to marry your brother or sister or your dog in 20 years time. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -8

10:43am Mon 14 Apr 14

Baysider says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
Dear oh dear oh dear oh dear. This terribleness just keeps rolling along unabated. I expect that if the lefties get their way it will be legal to marry your brother or sister or your dog in 20 years time.
The lefties being led by David Cameron in this case.

Deary me the Echo certainly knows which buttons to press with its reactionary readers doesn't it.
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: Dear oh dear oh dear oh dear. This terribleness just keeps rolling along unabated. I expect that if the lefties get their way it will be legal to marry your brother or sister or your dog in 20 years time.[/p][/quote]The lefties being led by David Cameron in this case. Deary me the Echo certainly knows which buttons to press with its reactionary readers doesn't it. Baysider
  • Score: 8

11:36am Mon 14 Apr 14

O'Reilly says...

BarrHumbug wrote:
rozmister wrote:
skydriver wrote:
I thought this was not allowed in a church, as you can gather I don't approve of gay marriage, I don't have a problem with the partnership, and no no one will change my mind.
It isn't compulsory in a church but it's not banned in a church. Most churches preach homosexual relationships are wrong and so choose not to host same sex weddings but the more liberal ones who support it can choose to hold them.
I expect that will change over time. There was a time when you couldn't remarry in a church if you were divorced, now they don't give a monkeys, anything to get people through the door. Desperate times call for desperate measures?
LOL..........I remember when divorcees were barred from the Royal Enclosure at Royal Ascot.....now, well, a few of the Royals would be persona non grata.
[quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rozmister[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: I thought this was not allowed in a church, as you can gather I don't approve of gay marriage, I don't have a problem with the partnership, and no no one will change my mind.[/p][/quote]It isn't compulsory in a church but it's not banned in a church. Most churches preach homosexual relationships are wrong and so choose not to host same sex weddings but the more liberal ones who support it can choose to hold them.[/p][/quote]I expect that will change over time. There was a time when you couldn't remarry in a church if you were divorced, now they don't give a monkeys, anything to get people through the door. Desperate times call for desperate measures?[/p][/quote]LOL..........I remember when divorcees were barred from the Royal Enclosure at Royal Ascot.....now, well, a few of the Royals would be persona non grata. O'Reilly
  • Score: 11

12:04pm Mon 14 Apr 14

fireflier says...

SwivelEyedLoon wrote:
djd wrote:
And just how many 'normal' weddings took place this weekend?
This was a 'Normal' wedding.
Oh yea??????
[quote][p][bold]SwivelEyedLoon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]djd[/bold] wrote: And just how many 'normal' weddings took place this weekend?[/p][/quote]This was a 'Normal' wedding.[/p][/quote]Oh yea?????? fireflier
  • Score: 6

12:05pm Mon 14 Apr 14

KitKatPuss says...

MoobyDoo wrote:
God made Adam and Eve. Not Adam and Steve!!!
God also taught tolerance, acceptance and to love thy neighbour...being a Christian is all about kindness, love and compassion.

I am a Christian and I think it's wonderful that gay people are now allowed to marry full stop...it should have happened years ago.

Congratulations to the newly wed couple in this story :)
[quote][p][bold]MoobyDoo[/bold] wrote: God made Adam and Eve. Not Adam and Steve!!![/p][/quote]God also taught tolerance, acceptance and to love thy neighbour...being a Christian is all about kindness, love and compassion. I am a Christian and I think it's wonderful that gay people are now allowed to marry full stop...it should have happened years ago. Congratulations to the newly wed couple in this story :) KitKatPuss
  • Score: 16

12:06pm Mon 14 Apr 14

KitKatPuss says...

fireflier wrote:
SwivelEyedLoon wrote:
djd wrote: And just how many 'normal' weddings took place this weekend?
This was a 'Normal' wedding.
Oh yea??????
Yep
[quote][p][bold]fireflier[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SwivelEyedLoon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]djd[/bold] wrote: And just how many 'normal' weddings took place this weekend?[/p][/quote]This was a 'Normal' wedding.[/p][/quote]Oh yea??????[/p][/quote]Yep KitKatPuss
  • Score: 4

12:07pm Mon 14 Apr 14

fireflier says...

Another nail in the traditions of the Church.
You won't find Muslim, Buddhist, Zoroastrian, Jewish ....etc, etc. faiths bending to whims like the UK Christian Church has.
Another nail in the traditions of the Church. You won't find Muslim, Buddhist, Zoroastrian, Jewish ....etc, etc. faiths bending to whims like the UK Christian Church has. fireflier
  • Score: -6

12:44pm Mon 14 Apr 14

MoobyDoo says...

"If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them" - Leviticus 20:13
"If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them" - Leviticus 20:13 MoobyDoo
  • Score: -17

12:54pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Rev Dwayne Morgan says...

bsjc1234 wrote:
Can anyone explain to me this obsession the echo has with gay weddings? They may wish to report there was a lovely wedding at the Priory over the weekend.
It's not an obsession with gay weddings. It's reporting the news. This was history being made as it was the first ever same-sex marriage to take place in a church.
[quote][p][bold]bsjc1234[/bold] wrote: Can anyone explain to me this obsession the echo has with gay weddings? They may wish to report there was a lovely wedding at the Priory over the weekend.[/p][/quote]It's not an obsession with gay weddings. It's reporting the news. This was history being made as it was the first ever same-sex marriage to take place in a church. Rev Dwayne Morgan
  • Score: 16

1:01pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Rev Dwayne Morgan says...

KitKatPuss wrote:
MoobyDoo wrote:
God made Adam and Eve. Not Adam and Steve!!!
God also taught tolerance, acceptance and to love thy neighbour...being a Christian is all about kindness, love and compassion.

I am a Christian and I think it's wonderful that gay people are now allowed to marry full stop...it should have happened years ago.

Congratulations to the newly wed couple in this story :)
And Adam and Eve had two sons and one of them murdered the other. Yep, that's the ideal marriage and family for everyone to follow.
[quote][p][bold]KitKatPuss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MoobyDoo[/bold] wrote: God made Adam and Eve. Not Adam and Steve!!![/p][/quote]God also taught tolerance, acceptance and to love thy neighbour...being a Christian is all about kindness, love and compassion. I am a Christian and I think it's wonderful that gay people are now allowed to marry full stop...it should have happened years ago. Congratulations to the newly wed couple in this story :)[/p][/quote]And Adam and Eve had two sons and one of them murdered the other. Yep, that's the ideal marriage and family for everyone to follow. Rev Dwayne Morgan
  • Score: 6

1:05pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Rev Dwayne Morgan says...

MoobyDoo wrote:
"If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them" - Leviticus 20:13
Whew. Thankfully I've never lain with a woman so I don't have to worry about lying with a man as I do with a woman.
[quote][p][bold]MoobyDoo[/bold] wrote: "If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them" - Leviticus 20:13[/p][/quote]Whew. Thankfully I've never lain with a woman so I don't have to worry about lying with a man as I do with a woman. Rev Dwayne Morgan
  • Score: 4

1:14pm Mon 14 Apr 14

R1200RT says...

Men marrying men. Women marrying women. Always found the God botherers & devil dodgers a strange bunch.
Someone check to see if the asylum doors have been lefy unlocked.
Men marrying men. Women marrying women. Always found the God botherers & devil dodgers a strange bunch. Someone check to see if the asylum doors have been lefy unlocked. R1200RT
  • Score: -8

1:23pm Mon 14 Apr 14

casual_observer says...

All these comments on here against it are absolutely hilarious. What exactly are you scared of? Feel threatened do you? I'll repeat one of the postings I made on a different thread albeit slightly differently.
There are thousands of people across the world who hate each other, and yet people turn a blind eye. When two people want to express their commitment to each other as a sign of their LOVE, people suddenly start getting their knickers in a twist. Because it's 'not normal'? really? What makes you think you are so perfect to define what 'Normal' is, eh?
All these comments on here against it are absolutely hilarious. What exactly are you scared of? Feel threatened do you? I'll repeat one of the postings I made on a different thread albeit slightly differently. There are thousands of people across the world who hate each other, and yet people turn a blind eye. When two people want to express their commitment to each other as a sign of their LOVE, people suddenly start getting their knickers in a twist. Because it's 'not normal'? really? What makes you think you are so perfect to define what 'Normal' is, eh? casual_observer
  • Score: 21

1:34pm Mon 14 Apr 14

KitKatPuss says...

casual_observer wrote:
All these comments on here against it are absolutely hilarious. What exactly are you scared of? Feel threatened do you? I'll repeat one of the postings I made on a different thread albeit slightly differently.
There are thousands of people across the world who hate each other, and yet people turn a blind eye. When two people want to express their commitment to each other as a sign of their LOVE, people suddenly start getting their knickers in a twist. Because it's 'not normal'? really? What makes you think you are so perfect to define what 'Normal' is, eh?
Well said Casual_Observer!

Who is anyone to define normal? Whatever floats your boat, each to their own etc etc in my opinion. We are all unique and what is normal today anyway?
[quote][p][bold]casual_observer[/bold] wrote: All these comments on here against it are absolutely hilarious. What exactly are you scared of? Feel threatened do you? I'll repeat one of the postings I made on a different thread albeit slightly differently. There are thousands of people across the world who hate each other, and yet people turn a blind eye. When two people want to express their commitment to each other as a sign of their LOVE, people suddenly start getting their knickers in a twist. Because it's 'not normal'? really? What makes you think you are so perfect to define what 'Normal' is, eh?[/p][/quote]Well said Casual_Observer! Who is anyone to define normal? Whatever floats your boat, each to their own etc etc in my opinion. We are all unique and what is normal today anyway? KitKatPuss
  • Score: 5

2:10pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Mike R-B says...

I have a theory that in centuries to come most will be in "same sex" relationships and only those heterosexuals who want, can afford or are permitted children will be together and maybe even married to a member of the same sex.
I have a theory that in centuries to come most will be in "same sex" relationships and only those heterosexuals who want, can afford or are permitted children will be together and maybe even married to a member of the same sex. Mike R-B
  • Score: -11

2:31pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Neanderkitty says...

fireflier wrote:
Another nail in the traditions of the Church.
You won't find Muslim, Buddhist, Zoroastrian, Jewish ....etc, etc. faiths bending to whims like the UK Christian Church has.
Please could you research the religions before you comment.....
[quote][p][bold]fireflier[/bold] wrote: Another nail in the traditions of the Church. You won't find Muslim, Buddhist, Zoroastrian, Jewish ....etc, etc. faiths bending to whims like the UK Christian Church has.[/p][/quote]Please could you research the religions before you comment..... Neanderkitty
  • Score: 1

2:36pm Mon 14 Apr 14

In Absentia says...

Clearly the moderator of the Echo website doesn't like us atheists.

People really need to calm down over this. The CofE is banned by law from conducting same sex ceremonies and other chuches have to specifically opt in to conduct them. It's only the Metropolitan Church and the Quakers who will take up the option. I just don't see what all the fuss is about, if you don't approve then just ignore it.
Clearly the moderator of the Echo website doesn't like us atheists. People really need to calm down over this. The CofE is banned by law from conducting same sex ceremonies and other chuches have to specifically opt in to conduct them. It's only the Metropolitan Church and the Quakers who will take up the option. I just don't see what all the fuss is about, if you don't approve then just ignore it. In Absentia
  • Score: 6

3:28pm Mon 14 Apr 14

bmthgirl64 says...

It's a gay church.. obviously not a Bible believing one but hey.. who cares what God says these days..
It's a gay church.. obviously not a Bible believing one but hey.. who cares what God says these days.. bmthgirl64
  • Score: -10

4:15pm Mon 14 Apr 14

In Absentia says...

bmthgirl64 wrote:
It's a gay church.. obviously not a Bible believing one but hey.. who cares what God says these days..
'God' isn't actually saying anything, you just imagine he does based on what you're feeling at the time.
[quote][p][bold]bmthgirl64[/bold] wrote: It's a gay church.. obviously not a Bible believing one but hey.. who cares what God says these days..[/p][/quote]'God' isn't actually saying anything, you just imagine he does based on what you're feeling at the time. In Absentia
  • Score: 6

4:17pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Xtina15 says...

KitKatPuss wrote:
MoobyDoo wrote: God made Adam and Eve. Not Adam and Steve!!!
God also taught tolerance, acceptance and to love thy neighbour...being a Christian is all about kindness, love and compassion. I am a Christian and I think it's wonderful that gay people are now allowed to marry full stop...it should have happened years ago. Congratulations to the newly wed couple in this story :)
If you are a Christian you're doing a pretty poor job of following the Bible.

Yes, tolerance, acceptance and love should be shown by all Christians, but MARRIAGE is a Biblical concept, and can ONLY exist between a man and a woman.

I believe the church should love and welcome gay couples as much as heterosexual couple, and should perform civil partnershop ceremonies if they wish to.
[quote][p][bold]KitKatPuss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MoobyDoo[/bold] wrote: God made Adam and Eve. Not Adam and Steve!!![/p][/quote]God also taught tolerance, acceptance and to love thy neighbour...being a Christian is all about kindness, love and compassion. I am a Christian and I think it's wonderful that gay people are now allowed to marry full stop...it should have happened years ago. Congratulations to the newly wed couple in this story :)[/p][/quote]If you are a Christian you're doing a pretty poor job of following the Bible. Yes, tolerance, acceptance and love should be shown by all Christians, but MARRIAGE is a Biblical concept, and can ONLY exist between a man and a woman. I believe the church should love and welcome gay couples as much as heterosexual couple, and should perform civil partnershop ceremonies if they wish to. Xtina15
  • Score: -13

5:16pm Mon 14 Apr 14

strippervicar says...

MoobyDoo wrote:
"If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them" - Leviticus 20:13
Excellent, made up nonsence from a book of nonsence.
[quote][p][bold]MoobyDoo[/bold] wrote: "If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them" - Leviticus 20:13[/p][/quote]Excellent, made up nonsence from a book of nonsence. strippervicar
  • Score: 3

5:49pm Mon 14 Apr 14

In Absentia says...

Xtina15 wrote:
KitKatPuss wrote:
MoobyDoo wrote: God made Adam and Eve. Not Adam and Steve!!!
God also taught tolerance, acceptance and to love thy neighbour...being a Christian is all about kindness, love and compassion. I am a Christian and I think it's wonderful that gay people are now allowed to marry full stop...it should have happened years ago. Congratulations to the newly wed couple in this story :)
If you are a Christian you're doing a pretty poor job of following the Bible.

Yes, tolerance, acceptance and love should be shown by all Christians, but MARRIAGE is a Biblical concept, and can ONLY exist between a man and a woman.

I believe the church should love and welcome gay couples as much as heterosexual couple, and should perform civil partnershop ceremonies if they wish to.
Marriage pre-dates Biblical principles. Why do religious groups think they own the concept of marriage?
[quote][p][bold]Xtina15[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KitKatPuss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MoobyDoo[/bold] wrote: God made Adam and Eve. Not Adam and Steve!!![/p][/quote]God also taught tolerance, acceptance and to love thy neighbour...being a Christian is all about kindness, love and compassion. I am a Christian and I think it's wonderful that gay people are now allowed to marry full stop...it should have happened years ago. Congratulations to the newly wed couple in this story :)[/p][/quote]If you are a Christian you're doing a pretty poor job of following the Bible. Yes, tolerance, acceptance and love should be shown by all Christians, but MARRIAGE is a Biblical concept, and can ONLY exist between a man and a woman. I believe the church should love and welcome gay couples as much as heterosexual couple, and should perform civil partnershop ceremonies if they wish to.[/p][/quote]Marriage pre-dates Biblical principles. Why do religious groups think they own the concept of marriage? In Absentia
  • Score: 4

6:31pm Mon 14 Apr 14

ESC75SC says...

commitment is commitment, a good healthy relationship is a good healthy relationship, and I believe God honors this, slavery was accepted by the church until a few individuals believed it was not what God wanted, thousands of Muslims were killed in the name of the church was this right?, (A group of Christians have since gone and apologized to Muslims because of this) the church should honor its heritage but also accept that somethings are not right just like slavery, killing others for the wrong reasons when they should have been loving them, I believe that God loves us regardless of who we are or what we have done, and I believe that God accepts gay people just as he does everyone else
commitment is commitment, a good healthy relationship is a good healthy relationship, and I believe God honors this, slavery was accepted by the church until a few individuals believed it was not what God wanted, thousands of Muslims were killed in the name of the church was this right?, (A group of Christians have since gone and apologized to Muslims because of this) the church should honor its heritage but also accept that somethings are not right just like slavery, killing others for the wrong reasons when they should have been loving them, I believe that God loves us regardless of who we are or what we have done, and I believe that God accepts gay people just as he does everyone else ESC75SC
  • Score: 1

6:32pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Dave DLT says...

In Absentia wrote:
Xtina15 wrote:
KitKatPuss wrote:
MoobyDoo wrote: God made Adam and Eve. Not Adam and Steve!!!
God also taught tolerance, acceptance and to love thy neighbour...being a Christian is all about kindness, love and compassion. I am a Christian and I think it's wonderful that gay people are now allowed to marry full stop...it should have happened years ago. Congratulations to the newly wed couple in this story :)
If you are a Christian you're doing a pretty poor job of following the Bible.

Yes, tolerance, acceptance and love should be shown by all Christians, but MARRIAGE is a Biblical concept, and can ONLY exist between a man and a woman.

I believe the church should love and welcome gay couples as much as heterosexual couple, and should perform civil partnershop ceremonies if they wish to.
Marriage pre-dates Biblical principles. Why do religious groups think they own the concept of marriage?
You are missing the point here In Absentia, we dont think we own the concept of marriage and the majority of us have no problem with civil partnerships. What we are saying is Why get married in a Church, unless it is to prove a point, when it is against our fundamental teachings. I'm pretty sure if I went to a Mosque and insisted on a christian wedding as it's my "right" to get married anywhere, I'd be shown the door pretty quick.
[quote][p][bold]In Absentia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Xtina15[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KitKatPuss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MoobyDoo[/bold] wrote: God made Adam and Eve. Not Adam and Steve!!![/p][/quote]God also taught tolerance, acceptance and to love thy neighbour...being a Christian is all about kindness, love and compassion. I am a Christian and I think it's wonderful that gay people are now allowed to marry full stop...it should have happened years ago. Congratulations to the newly wed couple in this story :)[/p][/quote]If you are a Christian you're doing a pretty poor job of following the Bible. Yes, tolerance, acceptance and love should be shown by all Christians, but MARRIAGE is a Biblical concept, and can ONLY exist between a man and a woman. I believe the church should love and welcome gay couples as much as heterosexual couple, and should perform civil partnershop ceremonies if they wish to.[/p][/quote]Marriage pre-dates Biblical principles. Why do religious groups think they own the concept of marriage?[/p][/quote]You are missing the point here In Absentia, we dont think we own the concept of marriage and the majority of us have no problem with civil partnerships. What we are saying is Why get married in a Church, unless it is to prove a point, when it is against our fundamental teachings. I'm pretty sure if I went to a Mosque and insisted on a christian wedding as it's my "right" to get married anywhere, I'd be shown the door pretty quick. Dave DLT
  • Score: 6

7:16pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Yankee1 says...

I await, with interest, news of the first gay divorce.

Then it will become the norm.
I await, with interest, news of the first gay divorce. Then it will become the norm. Yankee1
  • Score: 8

7:38pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Wackerone says...

I'll just say this, if it wasn't for us 'NORMAL' heterosexuals there would be no homosexuals to get married. I am just grateful that I have had the privilege of attending the 3 'NORMAL' weddings of my children and the continued enjoyment of many grandchildren.
I'll just say this, if it wasn't for us 'NORMAL' heterosexuals there would be no homosexuals to get married. I am just grateful that I have had the privilege of attending the 3 'NORMAL' weddings of my children and the continued enjoyment of many grandchildren. Wackerone
  • Score: 4

9:26pm Mon 14 Apr 14

boardsandphotos says...

Wackerone wrote:
I'll just say this, if it wasn't for us 'NORMAL' heterosexuals there would be no homosexuals to get married. I am just grateful that I have had the privilege of attending the 3 'NORMAL' weddings of my children and the continued enjoyment of many grandchildren.
I look forward to the day when one of your Children or Granchildren comes out as homosexual. You can then tell them they are not NORMAL.......
[quote][p][bold]Wackerone[/bold] wrote: I'll just say this, if it wasn't for us 'NORMAL' heterosexuals there would be no homosexuals to get married. I am just grateful that I have had the privilege of attending the 3 'NORMAL' weddings of my children and the continued enjoyment of many grandchildren.[/p][/quote]I look forward to the day when one of your Children or Granchildren comes out as homosexual. You can then tell them they are not NORMAL....... boardsandphotos
  • Score: 2

9:32pm Mon 14 Apr 14

carrrob says...

Who cares more important things than this going on just the echo winding up the usual suspects
Who cares more important things than this going on just the echo winding up the usual suspects carrrob
  • Score: 1

11:18pm Mon 14 Apr 14

elite50 says...

Rev Dwayne Morgan wrote:
MoobyDoo wrote:
"If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them" - Leviticus 20:13
Whew. Thankfully I've never lain with a woman so I don't have to worry about lying with a man as I do with a woman.
Hmm!
Is that lying (as in lie) or lying (as in lay)?
Who invented your so called church, not that science fiction fellow, Hubbard was it?
[quote][p][bold]Rev Dwayne Morgan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MoobyDoo[/bold] wrote: "If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them" - Leviticus 20:13[/p][/quote]Whew. Thankfully I've never lain with a woman so I don't have to worry about lying with a man as I do with a woman.[/p][/quote]Hmm! Is that lying (as in lie) or lying (as in lay)? Who invented your so called church, not that science fiction fellow, Hubbard was it? elite50
  • Score: -2

11:18pm Mon 14 Apr 14

scrumpyjack says...

Rev Dwayne Morgan wrote:
KitKatPuss wrote:
MoobyDoo wrote:
God made Adam and Eve. Not Adam and Steve!!!
God also taught tolerance, acceptance and to love thy neighbour...being a Christian is all about kindness, love and compassion.

I am a Christian and I think it's wonderful that gay people are now allowed to marry full stop...it should have happened years ago.

Congratulations to the newly wed couple in this story :)
And Adam and Eve had two sons and one of them murdered the other. Yep, that's the ideal marriage and family for everyone to follow.
Kittatpuss just got burned by a vicar.

Didn't see that coming.
[quote][p][bold]Rev Dwayne Morgan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KitKatPuss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MoobyDoo[/bold] wrote: God made Adam and Eve. Not Adam and Steve!!![/p][/quote]God also taught tolerance, acceptance and to love thy neighbour...being a Christian is all about kindness, love and compassion. I am a Christian and I think it's wonderful that gay people are now allowed to marry full stop...it should have happened years ago. Congratulations to the newly wed couple in this story :)[/p][/quote]And Adam and Eve had two sons and one of them murdered the other. Yep, that's the ideal marriage and family for everyone to follow.[/p][/quote]Kittatpuss just got burned by a vicar. Didn't see that coming. scrumpyjack
  • Score: 0

11:21pm Mon 14 Apr 14

scrumpyjack says...

scrumpyjack wrote:
Rev Dwayne Morgan wrote:
KitKatPuss wrote:
MoobyDoo wrote:
God made Adam and Eve. Not Adam and Steve!!!
God also taught tolerance, acceptance and to love thy neighbour...being a Christian is all about kindness, love and compassion.

I am a Christian and I think it's wonderful that gay people are now allowed to marry full stop...it should have happened years ago.

Congratulations to the newly wed couple in this story :)
And Adam and Eve had two sons and one of them murdered the other. Yep, that's the ideal marriage and family for everyone to follow.
Kittatpuss just got burned by a vicar.

Didn't see that coming.
Sorry make that Mobydick (or something)/
[quote][p][bold]scrumpyjack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rev Dwayne Morgan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KitKatPuss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MoobyDoo[/bold] wrote: God made Adam and Eve. Not Adam and Steve!!![/p][/quote]God also taught tolerance, acceptance and to love thy neighbour...being a Christian is all about kindness, love and compassion. I am a Christian and I think it's wonderful that gay people are now allowed to marry full stop...it should have happened years ago. Congratulations to the newly wed couple in this story :)[/p][/quote]And Adam and Eve had two sons and one of them murdered the other. Yep, that's the ideal marriage and family for everyone to follow.[/p][/quote]Kittatpuss just got burned by a vicar. Didn't see that coming.[/p][/quote]Sorry make that Mobydick (or something)/ scrumpyjack
  • Score: 0

11:32pm Mon 14 Apr 14

scrumpyjack says...

Wackerone wrote:
I'll just say this, if it wasn't for us 'NORMAL' heterosexuals there would be no homosexuals to get married. I am just grateful that I have had the privilege of attending the 3 'NORMAL' weddings of my children and the continued enjoyment of many grandchildren.
From the way you have written this I take it you think gay people choose to be so?
[quote][p][bold]Wackerone[/bold] wrote: I'll just say this, if it wasn't for us 'NORMAL' heterosexuals there would be no homosexuals to get married. I am just grateful that I have had the privilege of attending the 3 'NORMAL' weddings of my children and the continued enjoyment of many grandchildren.[/p][/quote]From the way you have written this I take it you think gay people choose to be so? scrumpyjack
  • Score: 2

11:46pm Mon 14 Apr 14

rozmister says...

Wackerone wrote:
I'll just say this, if it wasn't for us 'NORMAL' heterosexuals there would be no homosexuals to get married. I am just grateful that I have had the privilege of attending the 3 'NORMAL' weddings of my children and the continued enjoyment of many grandchildren.
If it wasn't for us 'NORMAL' heterosexuals there would be no paedophiles, murderers, dictators or rapists populating the world. Being able to lie on your back and procreate isn't a talent, it doesn't deserve kudos. I'm heterosexual but a lot of my friends are homosexuals and I don't class myself as any more normal than them. People come in many shades with many qualities, sexuality doesn't define most people even if certain heterosexuals with outdated views try to claim it does.
[quote][p][bold]Wackerone[/bold] wrote: I'll just say this, if it wasn't for us 'NORMAL' heterosexuals there would be no homosexuals to get married. I am just grateful that I have had the privilege of attending the 3 'NORMAL' weddings of my children and the continued enjoyment of many grandchildren.[/p][/quote]If it wasn't for us 'NORMAL' heterosexuals there would be no paedophiles, murderers, dictators or rapists populating the world. Being able to lie on your back and procreate isn't a talent, it doesn't deserve kudos. I'm heterosexual but a lot of my friends are homosexuals and I don't class myself as any more normal than them. People come in many shades with many qualities, sexuality doesn't define most people even if certain heterosexuals with outdated views try to claim it does. rozmister
  • Score: 1

12:47am Tue 15 Apr 14

Katy1967 says...

Rev Dwayne Morgan wrote:
MoobyDoo wrote:
"If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them" - Leviticus 20:13
Whew. Thankfully I've never lain with a woman so I don't have to worry about lying with a man as I do with a woman.
Strange for a Reverend to mock the Bible??? The Bible is clear in both the Old and New Testaments that homosexual acts are not acceptable to God. This may not be popular with everyone and no one is forced to accept it but how can it be right to re-write Christian principles to pander to people who just want to do whatever they want rather than obey God's laws? No offence to gay people and I am not judging you - I am just saying that homosexual practices are at odds with the teaching of the Christian Bible.
[quote][p][bold]Rev Dwayne Morgan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MoobyDoo[/bold] wrote: "If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them" - Leviticus 20:13[/p][/quote]Whew. Thankfully I've never lain with a woman so I don't have to worry about lying with a man as I do with a woman.[/p][/quote]Strange for a Reverend to mock the Bible??? The Bible is clear in both the Old and New Testaments that homosexual acts are not acceptable to God. This may not be popular with everyone and no one is forced to accept it but how can it be right to re-write Christian principles to pander to people who just want to do whatever they want rather than obey God's laws? No offence to gay people and I am not judging you - I am just saying that homosexual practices are at odds with the teaching of the Christian Bible. Katy1967
  • Score: 6

1:22am Tue 15 Apr 14

guisselle says...

In an ideal world there would be no rape, no murder and everyone would try
to get along with each other. There would be no broken homes no divorce
and all children would be brought up by their loving and loyal parents.
Honesty integrity and fairness would replace cynical and unkind human
beings and disease such as HIV would not exist.
In an ideal world there would be no rape, no murder and everyone would try to get along with each other. There would be no broken homes no divorce and all children would be brought up by their loving and loyal parents. Honesty integrity and fairness would replace cynical and unkind human beings and disease such as HIV would not exist. guisselle
  • Score: 1

8:38am Tue 15 Apr 14

In Absentia says...

Dave DLT wrote:
In Absentia wrote:
Xtina15 wrote:
KitKatPuss wrote:
MoobyDoo wrote: God made Adam and Eve. Not Adam and Steve!!!
God also taught tolerance, acceptance and to love thy neighbour...being a Christian is all about kindness, love and compassion. I am a Christian and I think it's wonderful that gay people are now allowed to marry full stop...it should have happened years ago. Congratulations to the newly wed couple in this story :)
If you are a Christian you're doing a pretty poor job of following the Bible. Yes, tolerance, acceptance and love should be shown by all Christians, but MARRIAGE is a Biblical concept, and can ONLY exist between a man and a woman. I believe the church should love and welcome gay couples as much as heterosexual couple, and should perform civil partnershop ceremonies if they wish to.
Marriage pre-dates Biblical principles. Why do religious groups think they own the concept of marriage?
You are missing the point here In Absentia, we dont think we own the concept of marriage and the majority of us have no problem with civil partnerships. What we are saying is Why get married in a Church, unless it is to prove a point, when it is against our fundamental teachings. I'm pretty sure if I went to a Mosque and insisted on a christian wedding as it's my "right" to get married anywhere, I'd be shown the door pretty quick.
It's you that's missing the point, same sex couples do not have the right to get married in any religious premises, only those that choose to be authorised for that type of ceremony. You're protected under the law, so why all the fuss? Also, you don't have the right to get married anywhere in this country, only those places licensed for weddings.
[quote][p][bold]Dave DLT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]In Absentia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Xtina15[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KitKatPuss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MoobyDoo[/bold] wrote: God made Adam and Eve. Not Adam and Steve!!![/p][/quote]God also taught tolerance, acceptance and to love thy neighbour...being a Christian is all about kindness, love and compassion. I am a Christian and I think it's wonderful that gay people are now allowed to marry full stop...it should have happened years ago. Congratulations to the newly wed couple in this story :)[/p][/quote]If you are a Christian you're doing a pretty poor job of following the Bible. Yes, tolerance, acceptance and love should be shown by all Christians, but MARRIAGE is a Biblical concept, and can ONLY exist between a man and a woman. I believe the church should love and welcome gay couples as much as heterosexual couple, and should perform civil partnershop ceremonies if they wish to.[/p][/quote]Marriage pre-dates Biblical principles. Why do religious groups think they own the concept of marriage?[/p][/quote]You are missing the point here In Absentia, we dont think we own the concept of marriage and the majority of us have no problem with civil partnerships. What we are saying is Why get married in a Church, unless it is to prove a point, when it is against our fundamental teachings. I'm pretty sure if I went to a Mosque and insisted on a christian wedding as it's my "right" to get married anywhere, I'd be shown the door pretty quick.[/p][/quote]It's you that's missing the point, same sex couples do not have the right to get married in any religious premises, only those that choose to be authorised for that type of ceremony. You're protected under the law, so why all the fuss? Also, you don't have the right to get married anywhere in this country, only those places licensed for weddings. In Absentia
  • Score: 0

8:49am Tue 15 Apr 14

joetheman says...

rozmister wrote:
Wackerone wrote:
I'll just say this, if it wasn't for us 'NORMAL' heterosexuals there would be no homosexuals to get married. I am just grateful that I have had the privilege of attending the 3 'NORMAL' weddings of my children and the continued enjoyment of many grandchildren.
If it wasn't for us 'NORMAL' heterosexuals there would be no paedophiles, murderers, dictators or rapists populating the world. Being able to lie on your back and procreate isn't a talent, it doesn't deserve kudos. I'm heterosexual but a lot of my friends are homosexuals and I don't class myself as any more normal than them. People come in many shades with many qualities, sexuality doesn't define most people even if certain heterosexuals with outdated views try to claim it does.
you really do have a warped mind. in reply to your twisted logic if it wasnt for us NORMAL people the human race would be extinct. so what you are saying is there are no gay paedophiles, murderers, dictators or rapists populating the world.,what i find strange is the term Gay ,i think sad would be a better word
[quote][p][bold]rozmister[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wackerone[/bold] wrote: I'll just say this, if it wasn't for us 'NORMAL' heterosexuals there would be no homosexuals to get married. I am just grateful that I have had the privilege of attending the 3 'NORMAL' weddings of my children and the continued enjoyment of many grandchildren.[/p][/quote]If it wasn't for us 'NORMAL' heterosexuals there would be no paedophiles, murderers, dictators or rapists populating the world. Being able to lie on your back and procreate isn't a talent, it doesn't deserve kudos. I'm heterosexual but a lot of my friends are homosexuals and I don't class myself as any more normal than them. People come in many shades with many qualities, sexuality doesn't define most people even if certain heterosexuals with outdated views try to claim it does.[/p][/quote]you really do have a warped mind. in reply to your twisted logic if it wasnt for us NORMAL people the human race would be extinct. so what you are saying is there are no gay paedophiles, murderers, dictators or rapists populating the world.,what i find strange is the term Gay ,i think sad would be a better word joetheman
  • Score: -2

12:38pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Xtina15 says...

strippervicar wrote:
MoobyDoo wrote: "If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them" - Leviticus 20:13
Excellent, made up nonsence from a book of nonsence.
learn to spell
[quote][p][bold]strippervicar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MoobyDoo[/bold] wrote: "If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them" - Leviticus 20:13[/p][/quote]Excellent, made up nonsence from a book of nonsence.[/p][/quote]learn to spell Xtina15
  • Score: 1

10:40pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

In Absentia wrote:
Dave DLT wrote:
In Absentia wrote:
Xtina15 wrote:
KitKatPuss wrote:
MoobyDoo wrote: God made Adam and Eve. Not Adam and Steve!!!
God also taught tolerance, acceptance and to love thy neighbour...being a Christian is all about kindness, love and compassion. I am a Christian and I think it's wonderful that gay people are now allowed to marry full stop...it should have happened years ago. Congratulations to the newly wed couple in this story :)
If you are a Christian you're doing a pretty poor job of following the Bible. Yes, tolerance, acceptance and love should be shown by all Christians, but MARRIAGE is a Biblical concept, and can ONLY exist between a man and a woman. I believe the church should love and welcome gay couples as much as heterosexual couple, and should perform civil partnershop ceremonies if they wish to.
Marriage pre-dates Biblical principles. Why do religious groups think they own the concept of marriage?
You are missing the point here In Absentia, we dont think we own the concept of marriage and the majority of us have no problem with civil partnerships. What we are saying is Why get married in a Church, unless it is to prove a point, when it is against our fundamental teachings. I'm pretty sure if I went to a Mosque and insisted on a christian wedding as it's my "right" to get married anywhere, I'd be shown the door pretty quick.
It's you that's missing the point, same sex couples do not have the right to get married in any religious premises, only those that choose to be authorised for that type of ceremony. You're protected under the law, so why all the fuss? Also, you don't have the right to get married anywhere in this country, only those places licensed for weddings.
Blah blah blah. And now, some news.........
[quote][p][bold]In Absentia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dave DLT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]In Absentia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Xtina15[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KitKatPuss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MoobyDoo[/bold] wrote: God made Adam and Eve. Not Adam and Steve!!![/p][/quote]God also taught tolerance, acceptance and to love thy neighbour...being a Christian is all about kindness, love and compassion. I am a Christian and I think it's wonderful that gay people are now allowed to marry full stop...it should have happened years ago. Congratulations to the newly wed couple in this story :)[/p][/quote]If you are a Christian you're doing a pretty poor job of following the Bible. Yes, tolerance, acceptance and love should be shown by all Christians, but MARRIAGE is a Biblical concept, and can ONLY exist between a man and a woman. I believe the church should love and welcome gay couples as much as heterosexual couple, and should perform civil partnershop ceremonies if they wish to.[/p][/quote]Marriage pre-dates Biblical principles. Why do religious groups think they own the concept of marriage?[/p][/quote]You are missing the point here In Absentia, we dont think we own the concept of marriage and the majority of us have no problem with civil partnerships. What we are saying is Why get married in a Church, unless it is to prove a point, when it is against our fundamental teachings. I'm pretty sure if I went to a Mosque and insisted on a christian wedding as it's my "right" to get married anywhere, I'd be shown the door pretty quick.[/p][/quote]It's you that's missing the point, same sex couples do not have the right to get married in any religious premises, only those that choose to be authorised for that type of ceremony. You're protected under the law, so why all the fuss? Also, you don't have the right to get married anywhere in this country, only those places licensed for weddings.[/p][/quote]Blah blah blah. And now, some news......... Letcommonsenseprevail
  • Score: -1

5:32pm Wed 16 Apr 14

stevobath says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
Dear oh dear oh dear oh dear. This terribleness just keeps rolling along unabated. I expect that if the lefties get their way it will be legal to marry your brother or sister or your dog in 20 years time.
Yes. The Lefties headed by CAMORON & the Tory Party.
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: Dear oh dear oh dear oh dear. This terribleness just keeps rolling along unabated. I expect that if the lefties get their way it will be legal to marry your brother or sister or your dog in 20 years time.[/p][/quote]Yes. The Lefties headed by CAMORON & the Tory Party. stevobath
  • Score: -1

6:11pm Wed 16 Apr 14

stevobath says...

I find it at odds with being a true Christian. I thought those who were Christians believed in the Bible & its teachings? Hence surely it goes against the religion to get 'married' in a church? I'm just looking at it from a logical point of view, having read certain parts of the so called 'Holy Book' & how it does set out certain rules with regards to what a marriage is & what are the correct procedures along with who can be married in the eyes of 'God' whoever she/he may be?
A case of 'I'm a believer & follow the scriptures but only the ones I agree with.
That's just my take on things as I'm not particularly religious. Agnostic.

In the end I couldn't care less but there does seem to be hypocrisy of sorts?

I do wonder though that those who are so against this 'marriage' , how many are 'Of The Faith' & actually go to Church etc?

Still its not harming anyone & if it makes a couple happy & maybe makes a stronger bond, good luck to them.
Neither party has to cover their face in public or other strange practices.

Actually now I've really thought about it, I'm so confused that I really don't give a toss. ****. The ECHO has dragged me into commenting again. Genius.... ;)
I find it at odds with being a true Christian. I thought those who were Christians believed in the Bible & its teachings? Hence surely it goes against the religion to get 'married' in a church? I'm just looking at it from a logical point of view, having read certain parts of the so called 'Holy Book' & how it does set out certain rules with regards to what a marriage is & what are the correct procedures along with who can be married in the eyes of 'God' whoever she/he may be? A case of 'I'm a believer & follow the scriptures but only the ones I agree with. That's just my take on things as I'm not particularly religious. Agnostic. In the end I couldn't care less but there does seem to be hypocrisy of sorts? I do wonder though that those who are so against this 'marriage' , how many are 'Of The Faith' & actually go to Church etc? Still its not harming anyone & if it makes a couple happy & maybe makes a stronger bond, good luck to them. Neither party has to cover their face in public or other strange practices. Actually now I've really thought about it, I'm so confused that I really don't give a toss. ****. The ECHO has dragged me into commenting again. Genius.... ;) stevobath
  • Score: 0

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