January 31, 2009

Anglican Church considers Same-Sex Marriages

RELIGION/SEX - Toronto Anglican Churches will start blessing same-sex "relationships" during 2009, a move that has thrown gasoline on the fiery and divisive debate within the church.

"One of the chief purposes of the church is to provide care for people who come to the church in a particular need," says Toronto Bishop Colin Johnson.

The move is a first for any diocese in Canada. The move stops short of blessing gay marriages, preferring to refer to them as "stable long-term committed relationships".

Furthermore there will be no pressure on parishes to abide by this new policy. Individual Anglican clergy can refuse to conduct weddings if they want to.

Tonight over in Egypt Anglicans are meeting from around the world and debating the merits of allowing same-sex marriage blessings and gay clergy members. It will also discuss whether to allow conservative Anglicans to split from the more liberal Canadian and USA churches, creating a permanent schism in the Anglican Church.

See Also:
Freedom of Marriage
Rotten Marriages Vs Gay Marriages
South Africa allows Same-Sex Marriages
Stephen Harper flip flops on Gay Marriages
Dick Cheney supports Gay Marriages
Pope against Gay Marriages
Queer Women and Religion

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