加 拿 大 台 灣 人 權 協 會

Taiwanese Human Rights Association of Canada
Ka-ná-tāi Tâi-oân Jîn-koân Hia̍p-hoē


45 Fontainbleau Drive Toronto Canada M2M 1P1
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台灣基督長老教會
議長羅仁貴牧師:


加拿大台灣人權協會於其五月24 日之執行委員會中,決議支持由鄭麗君、尤美女等立委共同提出
的「多元成家」法案。同時,本會也對於台灣長老教會2014 年總會所通過反對同性婚姻的臨時決
議案深感遺憾。本會希望透過本函表達我們的深切失望,並呼籲貴會重新考慮該議案。

我們的了解是,關於本議題基督長老教會的小組仍在進行學習溝通與對話中。然而,部分不滿的
代表於總會中突如其來地提出動議,逕付表決,迫使教會對此議題表態。我們認為此倉促的判斷
對於台灣教會的見證有傷害,甚至將教會推向普世人權的對立面。

全球已有十八個國家肯定了同性婚姻的合法性。即使台灣長老教會尚未決定其在信仰上對同性婚
姻的立場,教會也應該肯定在國法中,人人都享有基本人權選擇其伴侶。這是源於「法律之前、
人人平等」的原則。這個基本人權議題應該優先於教會內部信仰議題。基督教信仰與人權並非對
立的,我們不認為教會必須在此二中擇一。從保障人權的基礎上您可以支持台灣的婚姻平權修法,
同時於教會內繼續討論基督教與同性戀的神學議題。

基督徒確有持有其宗教信仰的權利。因此建議長老教會可以採取一項有幫助的行動:建議在「多
元成家」法案加註條文用以保證宗教團體以及神職人員(神父、牧師或僧侶等),如有違背他們的
宗教教義,不得要求他們執行此種婚姻。在此同時,長老教會仍然可以表達其對於婚姻平權法案
的支持。

同性婚姻確是一個令人情緒激昂、易造成分化的議題,而不只在台灣如此。在長老教會尚未達到
廣泛共識之前,或許教會可以採取其他教會的作法(例如加拿大聖公會):可祝福同志基督徒的伴
侶關係,但不主持同性證婚,其目的在於肯定同志基督徒的信仰,並鼓勵他們過忠信彼此相愛的
生活。這樣的政策更會實現2014 年總會決議案用詞:「教會本著愛及真理的牧養與關懷,當鼓勵
他們活出榮耀上帝的生活。」

主內平安


加拿大台灣人權協會執行委員會
2014 年七月22 日


副本: 台灣基督長老教會總幹事林芳仲
台灣基督長老教會副議長鄭文仁



加 拿 大 台 灣 人 權 協 會
Taiwanese Human Rights Association of Canada
Ka-ná-tāi Tâi-oân Jîn-koân Hia̍p-hoē


45 Fontainbleau Drive Toronto Canada M2M 1P1
http://thracanada.blogspot.ca thracanada@gmail.com

Letter to the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan on Same–Sex Marriage Issue

At our executive meeting on May 24, 2014, the Taiwanese Human Rights Association of Canada voted to
express our support for Taiwan’s proposed “Equal Marriage Act” as moved by Deng Li-jun, You Mei-nu
and others . So we were dismayed to learn that its most recent Annual General Assembly the
Presbyterian Church in Taiwan passed an emergency resolution stating the opposition of the church to
homosexual behavior and to same- sex marriage. We therefore are writing to you to express our deep
disappointment with this action, and to urge you to reconsider this resolution.

We are distressed to learn that rather than continuing the process of study and dialogue already
underway in committee, a group of unhappy delegates at the meeting pushed this resolution forcing the
church to issue a statement expressing their views through a rushed vote. We believe that such a rush
to judgement is damaging to the witness of the church in Taiwan, and puts the church on the wrong
side of a significant human rights issue.

While the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan is not of one mind on whether it can give religious sanction to
same sex marriage, it must recognize the fact that secular law already recognizes that people have the
human right to live together in various forms of relationships, and 18 countries have legalized same-sex
marriage. Such recognition is required by the principle of equal treatment under the law. We consider
this to be a human rights issue before it is a religious issue. We do not think that it is necessary to
choose between religious beliefs and human rights. On the basis of human rights, you can support the
revision of marriage law in Taiwan to remove reference to gender, even while the church continues to
debate the religious issue of Christian faith and homosexuality.

Religious believers do have the right to hold their beliefs. Thus it would be helpful for the Presbyterian
church, while expressing support for an equal marriage law, to ask that a clause be added that no
religious organization, or clergy be required to perform a marriage which is against its beliefs.

Same sex marriage is an emotional and divisive issue, and not only for Christians in Taiwan. Before a
broad consensus is reached across the church, it might be helpful to consider adopting the practice of
some churches (for example the Anglican Church in Canada) of permitting the blessing of Christian
same-sex relationships, while not performing same-sex marriage. This goes some way towards
honouring the faith of homosexual Christians seeking to live together in a faithful relationship. This
policy would fulfil the meaning of the words in the resolution: “教會本著愛及真理的牧養與關懷,當
鼓勵他們活出榮耀上帝的生活.”

In solidarity,


Taiwanese Human Rights Association of Canada
Executive Committee July 22, 2014