Anglicans Worldwide Wrestle with Position on Same-Sex Marriage
Amanda CasanovaReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2016 Jul 11
The measure needs two-thirds majority to pass in the Church’s General Synod, which is meeting in Ontario.
The resolution, if passed, would change the wording of marriage in the canon law. What reads “union of man and woman” and “husband and wife” would change to “partner.” Under the new resolution, clergy would be able to officiate at same-sex marriages if approved by a diocesan bishop.
Today’s debate is the first of two meetings. The second would come in 2019 if today’s passes.
In 2013, an Anglican commission in Canada that looked at drafting a motion on the issue reported: "The experience of same-sex committed partnerships in our midst, clearly manifesting God's blessing and the fruit of the Spirit, are a powerful indication that God's view of marriage may be more inclusive than ours."
“"The message of the Bible is being turned upside down by those for whom 'my God' means the God I want,” said the Primate of the Anglican Church in Nigeria, Nicholas Okoh.
"Our struggle in the Anglican Communion today comes about because of those who turn Thomas's words upside down. By 'my' they mean a Jesus who they possess, a Jesus and a Lord who fits with their desires and agrees with what they want as they go with the flow of secular culture,” he added.
Publication date: July 11, 2016