U.S. Episcopal Church approves blessing of same-sex unions

July 11, 2012

(Two men kiss as they sit in a riverside park in New York, May 9, 2012.REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

The U.S. Episcopal Church has approved a liturgy for clergy to use in blessing same-sex unions, including gay marriages in states where they are legal, becoming the largest U.S. religious denomination to approve such a ritual.

Delegates to its triennial convention voted 171-50 on Tuesday to approve the liturgy, titled “the Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant.” Episcopal bishops had voted overwhelmingly on Monday in favor of the text.

The U.S. Episcopal Church, part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, is the 14th largest U.S. religious denomination, with about 2 million members, according to the National Council of Churches.

The proposed blessing will be introduced in early December and will be evaluated over the next three years, according to a church spokeswoman, Nancy Davidge.

The resolution does not mention the word “marriage” and it does not alter the church’s standard liturgy for a marriage between a man and a woman, but offers an alternative liturgy for blessing same-sex couples.

The measure also gives bishops of the church discretion in the use of the liturgy and says no one should be punished for choosing not to use it.

Read the full story by Susan Guyett here.
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it’s very Disgusting, i hope it will not happen in my country.

Posted by haswanevan | Report as abusive

Love it. A Xtian church that embraces everyone. Surprisingly Christ-like. I hope others follow their lead.

Posted by mmh7211 | Report as abusive

Christ did embrace everyone. But, you miss the fact that he also told them to sin no more. This church fails to follows Jesus’ example.

Posted by spagester | Report as abusive

Yes, he did say to sin no more. He also said that only god can judge what is a sin.

Posted by mmh7211 | Report as abusive

What is surprising with the Episcopalian Church?
This church has already gone conformist to sodomy, and has abandoned God already,
many years ago!

“For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.
They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.
Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.” (Jeremiah 6: 10-15)
“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” (Leviticus 20:13)
“Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them. And all the people shall say, Amen.” (Deuteronomy 27:26)

What is left surprising with this church?

Posted by Bantelis | Report as abusive