Caribbean bishop calls for stronger rape laws in sexual offenses consultation

[Anglican Communion News Service] Bishop of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands Howard Gregory has called for equal treatment for male and female victims of rape, a clearer definition of rape and an end to the exemption that prevents men being charged with raping their wives. He also called for the current legal prohibition against anal […]

‘Mainstream, not extreme’ was sentiment for interfaith advocacy day at Texas capitol

[Episcopal Diocese of Texas] A broad coalition of mainstream Texas religious leaders spoke out Aug.1 against Senate Bill 3 and other so-called “bathrooms bills” that would discriminate against transgender youths and adults. The speakers, who represent millions of mainstream faith community members, included leaders from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions, and a non-denominational Christian […]

Sexuality working group of Anglicans in New Zealand publishes interim report

[Anglican Communion News Service] A working group set up explore how different strands of thinking on sexuality could be kept together in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia has published its interim report. The group was established after the May 2016 meeting of the province’s General Synod agreed to “let lie on the […]

Episcopal Church leaders oppose Trump’s ban on transgender people in military

Editor’s note: This story is being updated as Episcopal News Service recevies additional statements. See below. [Episcopal News Service] Episcopal Church leaders are making clear their objections to President Donald Trump’s announcement on Twitter of his plan to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said July 28 that […]

Líderes de la Iglesia Episcopal se oponen a la prohibición de Trump de transexuales en las fuerzas armadas

[Episcopal News Service] Líderes de la Iglesia Episcopal hacen claras sus objeciones al anuncio del presidente Donald Trump en Twitter de su plan de prohibir a que personas transexuales presten servicio en las Fuerzas Armadas de EE.UU. El obispo primado Michael Curry dijo el 28 de julio que se opone a la iniciativa de Trump y […]

Curry, Jennings urge Texas House leader to continue opposition to Texas ‘bathroom bill’ noting General Convention planned 2018 meeting in Austin

[Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings have written a second letter to Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus urging him to stand firm in his opposition to that state legislature’s effort to pass a “bathroom bill” during the current special session. The Episcopal […]

Curry y Jennings instan al líder de la Cámara de Texas a seguir oponiéndose a la ‘ley de baños’ y mencionan la reunión de la Convención General a celebrarse en Austin en 2018

[Episcopal News Service] El obispo primado Michael Curry y la presidente de la Cámara de Diputados, Rda. Gay Clark Jennings le han escrito una segunda carta al presidente de la Cámara de Representantes de Texas, Joe Straus, instándole a mantenerse firme en su oposición al empeño de la legislatura de ese estado de aprobar una “ley […]

Scottish Episcopal Church votes to allow equal marriage

[Anglican Communion News Service] The General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church has voted in favor of allowing gay couples to marry in church. The vote means that the Church’s canon law will be changed – to remove the definition that marriage is between a man and a woman. It means that gay Christians from any […]

Anglican Communion Secretary General responds to Scottish Episcopal Church vote to allow same-sex marriage

[Episcopal News Service] The Scottish Episcopal Church voted June 8 to amend canon law to allow same-sex couples to marry in the church. The vote required a two-thirds margin in each house: bishops, clergy and laity. Clergy wishing to perform same-sex marriages will need to “opt-in,” according to a BBC report. Scotland legalized same-sex marriage in 2014. The Scottish […]

Three Canadian dioceses have married eight same-sex couples since General Synod 2016

[Anglican Journal] Eight same-sex couples have been married in three Anglican Church of Canada dioceses, ahead of General Synod 2019, when a resolution to allow same-sex marriages will be presented for final approval. Since General Synod 2016 approved – on first reading – a proposed change in the marriage canon (church law) to allow same-sex […]