The Mizoram Presbyterian Church has threatened to excommunicate and suspend its gay and lesbian members if they are found to be living together as husbands and wives.
The Synod Executive Committee, the highest decision-making body of the largest church in the state, took the decision during a meeting last week, terming homosexuality against the tenets of Christianity.
This is not the first time that the Mizo Church has come down on its homosexual members and kicked off a controversy. Last December, delegates of the Synod, the highest conference of the Presbyterian Church, felt that the present creed of the church was too lenient on homosexuals.
According to Church rules, “Two men or two women living together as married couples should be punished as a man or woman who commits adultery… and the punishment is suspension from the church membership for a period of six months.”