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 […]

La Comisión Permanente de Liturgia y Música publica encuesta sobre dos liturgias matrimoniales

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] La Comisión Permanente de Liturgia y Música les invita a los episcopales a llenar una encuesta en línea aquí como parte de su esfuerzo de recopilar datos sobre la respuesta de la iglesia a dos liturgias matrimoniales que fueron autorizadas para uso provisional en la Convención General de […]

Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music releases survey on two marriage liturgies

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music is inviting Episcopalians to complete an online survey here  as part of its effort to gather data on the church’s response to two marriage liturgies that were authorized for trial use at the 2015 General Convention. One of the liturgies—The Celebration […]

Archbishops of Canterbury and York issue letter after Synod vote

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have written to members of the General Synod of the Church of England setting out the next steps following this week’s vote at Synod not to “take note” of a report on marriage and same-sex relationships. “First, we want to be clear about some underlying […]

No easy solution to same-sex marriage issue, secretary general tells Synod

[Anglican Communion News Service] Resolving issues around human sexuality within the Anglican Communion is like threading a needle – and there is no one solution in sight at present, the secretary general of the Communion has told the Church of England Synod. Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon said the disagreements and struggles facing the Church of England […]

Archbishop of Canterbury issues statement on Synod vote on marriage, sexuality report

[Episcopal News Service] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby issued the following statement Feb. 15 after the General Synod’s vote “not to take note” of a report by the House of Bishops on marriage and same-sex relationships: No person is a problem, or an issue. People are made in the image of God. All of us, […]

Church of England’s report on marriage, sexuality suffers setback at Synod

[Anglican Communion News Service] A report from the Church of England‘s House of Bishops about marriage and same-sex relationships has received a significant setback in a vote at the General Synod in London. It is an embarrassing symbolic rejection of the bishops’ report which had stated that there should be no change in the church’s […]

Canada: Synod’s council approves plans to enable same-sex marriage discussion

[Anglican Journal] On Nov. 20, Council of General Synod passed four resolutions related to how it will deal with the resolution to change the marriage canon to allow same-sex marriage in the triennium before General Synod 2019.  Full article.