Anglican Church in New Zealand opens the door to blessing same-sex relationships

May 8, 2018

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Synod of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia passed a resolution May 9 that would allow churches in New Zealand to bless same sex relationships.

The resolution explicitly states that there should be no change to “the Church’s teaching on the nature of marriage [which] is to affirm marriage as between a man and a woman;” but it says individual bishops should be free to use provisions already within the province’s canons for “a non-formulary service” to allow for the blessing of same-sex relationships.

The resolution also calls for changes to the canons so that no member of the clergy can face disciplinary action either for agreeing to bless such relationships or for refusing to do so.

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