US Episcopal Church Bishops Approve Gay Marriage, in Church

The decision is not yet final (it must still go before the House of Deputies), but it’s another sign of major change in Christian churches, in the understanding of marriage: no longer necessarily between ” a man and a woman”, but sometimes just between two people.

The Episcopal Church bishops vote to change marriage canon

The House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church has passed this resolution. The House of Deputies (clergy and laity) has yet to vote on the matter, and must concur before the changes can take effect. They have also been debating the authorisation of various liturgies to be used in connection with this change. We will report on those separately.

The situation is explained in this ENS report: Marriage-equality resolutions advance to House of Deputies:

…The bishops next debated and ultimately approved an amended Resolution A036 that revises Canon I.18 titled “Of the Solemnization of Holy Matrimony” (page 58 of The Episcopal Church’s canons here).

Among many edits, the resolution removes references to marriage as being between a man and a woman.

 – more at Thinking Anglicans

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