Same-gender Blessings

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March 3, 2010

The House of Lords, the upper chamber of the U.K. Parliament, agreed March 2 to amend the Equality Bill so that religious organizations could decide to hold civil partnership ceremonies in places of worship. The bill, intended to form the basis of anti-discrimination law in the U.K., still...

July 8, 2009

"Marriage equality is a reality coming soon to a state near you," Bishop Gene Robinson told an overflow crowd at a July 8 hearing. He was speaking to a proposed resolution that calls for wider-than-usual latitude for bishops to allow blessings of gay and lesbian couples in states in which same-...

June 4, 2009

Clergy at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California, are opting out of performing civil marriages until gay couples can legally wed--and are encouraging other clergy to do likewise, according to the Rev. Ed Bacon, rector. "At the heart of Jesus's moral vision and All Saints' historic...

April 23, 2009

During a hearing April 22 in Augusta, Maine, a representative of Episcopal Diocese of Maine Bishop Steven Lane told legislators that they ought to "extend the rights and obligations of civil marriage to all Maine citizens." "To deny those rights to certain persons on the basis of sexual...

March 6, 2009

Bishop John Chapman of the Diocese of Ottawa has appointed a doctrine and worship committee to determine whether same-sex unions can be blessed on a limited basis in the diocese.

If the committee recommends that such blessings be allowed "in the spirit of experiential discernment,"...

November 13, 2008

The furor over California's controversial gay marriage ban escalated November 12 as sporadic protestors, dissonant religious voices, the Los Angeles County board of supervisors and even superstar Sir Elton John weighed in on opposite sides of the fray. After hearing from more than a dozen...

February 26, 2008

As four churches voted in February to leave the Vancouver-based Diocese of New Westminster and the Anglican Church of Canada over changing attitudes toward homosexuality, two churches asked to be able to join eight other parishes in offering blessing ceremonies to same-gender couples.

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November 18, 2007

The southern Ontario Diocese of Niagara, meeting at its annual synod November 17, voted to allow civilly married gay couples, "where at least one party is baptized," to receive a church blessing.

Niagara Bishop Ralph Spence, who had refused to implement a similar vote three years ago,...

November 5, 2007

Canada's Anglican bishops, at their regular fall meeting, decided to leave in place a set of pastoral guidelines concerning church services for gay couples that stops short of blessings or marriage. They also expressed serious concern about Canadian participation in activities widening the...

October 30, 2007

A group of Canadian Anglicans on the liberal, or "progressive," side of issues concerning homosexuality and the church have urged Anglican bishops to "proceed to [the] full inclusion [of gay and lesbian people] by providing access to all sacraments and sacramental rites of the church,"...

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