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-Episcopal Church Supports Same-Sex Marriage

by Dr. D ~ July 2nd, 2015

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The Episcopal Church is holding a conference this week in Salt Lake City. They became the 2nd major American denomination to respond to the Supreme Court decision on marriage from that city. However, the responses were entirely different. The Mormon Church (LDS) authorities rejected the SCOTUS redefinition of marriage while the Episcopal Convention voted to support it and open up their churches to same-sex marriage. Here’s the story from Reuters via Yahoo News:

SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) – The U.S. Episcopal Church voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to let gay couples wed in the denomination’s religious ceremonies, reinforcing its support for same-sex nuptials days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide.

The Church, part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, became in 2012 the largest U.S. religious denomination to approve a liturgy for clergy to use in blessing same-sex unions, including gay marriages in states where they were already legal.

While some clergy and lay members disagreed with the proposal put before the Church’s triennial convention, held in Salt Lake City, the faith’s House of Deputies concurred with the House of Bishops, which overwhelmingly approved the measure in a separate vote on Tuesday. …

Under the new rules, clergy can opt out of performing gay marriage ceremonies.

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Response: No surprise here. If this was a baseball game, it is the first inning and the score is tied 1-1. As I have repeatedly said ad nauseum, every religion, denomination and church in America will now need to commit one way or another on same-sex marriage.

Notice that the clergy has been given an opt out. This was a surprise. It is an obvious bone to the more conservative churches and ministers who opposed it. An obvious effort to stop more from leaving the denomination and joining up with conservative Anglican groups sponsored by several African Anglican Archbishops.

It will be interesting to see how the larger Anglican Communion will respond to their liberal American members at the next Anglican conference. The rest of the world communion was not too happy with the American church last time over the ordination of gay bishops.

After the last Anglican gathering several African Archbishops responded by sponsoring conservative congregations that split away from the Episcopal Church. There are still legal disputes before the courts over property from congregations and whole dioceses who left the denomination. This decision will undoubtedly continue the schism among American Anglicans.            *Top

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