Report urges Anglicans to defeat laws criminalizing same-sex behavior

[Episcopal News Service] The Anglican Communion’s “significant influence” in more than half of the countries that criminalize same-sex behavior ought to be put to use to repeal those laws, a new report says. Anglicans and Sexuality: A Way Forward?, research done in conjunction with the Institute of Public Affairs based at the London School of […]

Scottish Episcopal Church takes first step towards same-sex marriage

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Scottish Episcopal Church took the first step towards allowing same-sex marriage when its General Synod approved a change to the Church’s canon on marriage at a meeting in Edinburgh June 10. A first reading of the a motion to remove the doctrinal clause which states that marriage is between a […]

Scottish Episcopal Church to debate changes to marriage canon

[Anglican Communion News Service] A proposal to amend the marriage canon to permit same-sex weddings in churches will be considered by the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church next month. The proposed changes, which were requested by the Synod in 2015, remove the current definition of marriage in the first clause of the canon […]

Aotearoa, NZ and Polynesia pledges equal gender representation

Church has agreed to aim for equal gender representation at the highest levels

[Anglican Taonga] The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, NZ and Polynesia has decided to press for equal gender representation in its highest decision-making bodies. Just back from the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) in New York, Archdeacon Mere Wallace (Te Waipounamu) moved a General Synod motion that sets the church on track […]

New Zealand debates ‘way forward’ on same-sex relationships

[Anglican Communion News Service] The week-long biennial meeting of the General Synod of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia gets underway tomorrow (Friday) and amongst the items for debate is the report by the “Way Forward Working Group” on the blessing of same-sex marriages. The report, which was requested by the last meeting […]

Isle of Man bishop votes against same-sex marriage law

[Anglican Communion News Service] The legislature on the Isle of Man, a self-governing British Crown dependency located in the Irish Sea between the north-west coast of England and Northern Ireland, has approved a bill to enable same-sex couples to marry on the island. The bishop of Sodor and Man, a member of the island’s parliament, […]

Episcopal Church commended for respecting differences on marriage

[Episcopal News Service – Lusaka, Zambia] The Episcopal Church and its individual members earned praise here April 11 from Anglican Communion Secretary General Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon for working hard to walk together despite differences over same-sex marriage. The secretary general’s remarks came in his report to the Anglican Consultative Council about this work since he […]

Welsh bishops: Debate remains open on same-sex marriage

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Bishops of the Church in Wales have responded to a year of debates and consultations on same-sex marriage within the Province by concluding that the Church “is not yet ready to allow or bless same-sex marriage”; but they said that “the debate is not over” and stressed that the Church […]

Canada: Why can’t Anglicans care about issues other than sexuality? asks Hiltz

[Anglican Journal] In his reflections during the last session of Council of General Synod (CoGS) for the last triennium, the primate of the Anglican Church of Canada expressed frustration that Anglicans have not exhibited the same degree of passion for human rights issues as they have for debates about same-sex marriage. “I long for a […]

Canada: Ample discussion needed before same-sex marriage vote, says group

[Anglican Journal] When the Anglican Church of Canada’s General Synod meets in July to vote on same-sex marriage, ample discussion time must be provided before the vote is taken, the working group on the marriage canon recommended in a March 13 report to Council of General Synod (CoGS). “There were conversations at some point about […]