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Statement: Sexuality and Relationships

We oppose any discrimination, marginalisation or persecution of any person. We find no scriptural support for demeaning or mistreating anyone for any reason. ​Anyone who comes to The Salvation Army will receive assistance based solely on their need and our capacity to provide help. We work with people who are vulnerable and marginalised across the world, and offer very practical help, unconditional assistance and support regardless of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.

As a church we take guidance from the Bible and hold the view that marriage is necessarily a relationship between a man and a woman. This position is part of guidelines for membership of The Salvation Army within which we have expectations of how our Officers (ministers of religion) and members lead their lives. For example uniformed Salvation Army soldiers and officers agree to lifestyle commitments, including no drinking alcohol, smoking, taking drugs or gambling. Sex is to be only within a marriage, so no pre-marital sex or adultery.

We do not expect the same level of adherence from non-members and do not condemn those who do not hold the same beliefs or exclude them from attending our church services, working for us or receiving our support; not least because many of our members do not share the organisation's view on this subject and they are free to hold their own views. For more about inclusion visit our website here.

Loving relationships that can support human flourishing will involve commitment, communication, consent, forbearance, forgiveness, respect and faithfulness. For those who do not share Christian beliefs we advocate a state-recognised marriage characterised by mutual loving commitment and shared responsibility within a relationship.