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Anti-gay lobby blocks progress at global church summit

Discussions on gay issues thrown off the table at the global Christian gathering in Korea. Special LGBTI meeting now scheduled by progressive religious leaders.

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2nd November 2013 22:42

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Asia

A controversy is raging about Christian attitudes towards the LGBTI community at the 10th World Council of Churches (WCC) meeting currently being held in Busan, Korea.

Several high-profile Christian leaders have been pushing for the issue to be discussed at the meeting but attempts to put the gay agenda on the table were derailed due to the resistance of some protestant groups.

Pro-LGBTI Christian leaders said the application to hold a workshop on Christianity and the LGBTI community was declined by the assembly’s Korean organizers although they were not given a clear reason.

Despite the high level of economic development, Korea remains a country where many protestant groups are highly vocal about their extremely anti-gay views.

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