Dutch reformed moderator calls for equal rights for gay pastors

Moderator Nelus Niemandt wants the church to discuss the matter at its annual synod in October.

FILE: This will go against the church's centuries-long stand on gay clergy. Picture: Stock.xchng.

CAPE TOWN - The moderator of the Dutch Reformed Church says he wants equal rights for homosexual pastors in the church.

This will go against the church's centuries-long stand on gay clergy.

Moderator, Nelus Niemandt, says the church already took significant steps in 2007 when it changed its policy to include gay pastors and allow for same-sex marriages.

"Although the church will allow people with a gay orientation to be compulsive in the church, they aren't allowed to be in civil union with someone of the same sex."

Niemandt wants the church to further discuss the matter at its annual general synod in October.

"There isn't a clear prohibition in the bible on what we see as a life-long union between two people of the same sex who live according to Christian values."