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Episcopal Church to vote on same-sex marriage

July 01, 2015

The Episcopal Church is poised to hold a final vote on whether to permit same-sex marriages in its dioceses.

The House of Bishops-- one of the two houses of the church’s bicameral legislature at its General Convention-- has approved the measure, which now awaits a vote in the House of Deputies.

Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury expressed “deep concern about the stress for the Anglican Communion.”

“While recognizing the prerogative of The Episcopal Church to address issues appropriate to its own context, Archbishop Justin Welby said that its decision will cause distress for some and have ramifications for the Anglican Communion as a whole, as well as for its ecumenical and interfaith relationships,” according to a statement released by his office.


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  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Jul. 01, 2015 9:33 PM ET USA

    The way things have been going in the Anglican communion in recent years it is a little late for them to start worrying about stress in the communion.

  • Posted by: ElizabethD - Jul. 01, 2015 11:04 AM ET USA

    How is it that his concerns are about the cohesiveness of their ecclesial communities, but there is no real witness to the truth of what marriage is? This is a factual matter; to Jesus, Who is God the Son, marriage has to do with a man leaving his father and mother and clinging to his wife, and the two becoming one flesh. Marriage is a sign of the marriage of Christ and the Church. Anglicans/Episcopalians fail to adequately embody the reality of that, and now will not embody the sign of that.