Crosswalk.com aims to offer the most compelling biblically-based content to Christians on their walk with Jesus. Crosswalk.com is your online destination for all areas of Christian Living – faith, family, fun, and community. Each category is further divided into areas important to you and your Christian faith including Bible study, daily devotions, marriage, parenting, movie reviews, music, news, and more.

Religion Today Blog Christian Blog and Commentary

Scottish Episcopal Church Votes to Approve Same-Sex Marriage

  • Veronica Neffinger
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2017 Jun 09
  • Comments

In an historic decision, the Scottish Episcopal Church has voted to allow clergy to marry same-sex couples.

In order to allow clergy to perform same-sex marriages, church members voted to remove a long-held clause from official church doctrine.

The vote, which took place on Thursday, removed the definition of marriage as being a “union of one man and one woman” from the church’s doctrinal statement.

CBN News reports that both clergy and laity took part in the vote. The proposal was ultimately passed with 80 percent support by bishops and laity and 67 percent support by clergy. This was enough to reach the necessary two-thirds majority.

The Most Rev. David Chillingworth called the adoption of the proposal “a momentous step.” He added that "our church now affirms that a same-sex couple are not just married, but are married in the sight of God."

The newly-adopted proposal does, however, allow for exceptions if a clergy member objects to officiating at a same-sex wedding. In a case like this, the Church would not force a clergy member to go “against their conscience.”

The issue of same-sex marriage in the Church has been at the center of controversy in the Scottish Church, as well as other Anglican churches. The Scottish Episcopal Church is the first Anglican branch in the UK to adopt such a proposal.

 

Photo courtesy: Thinkstockphotos.com

Publication date: June 9, 2017

Follow Crosswalk.com